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TOPIC: Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU

Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 25 Mar 2018 10:20 #1

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Ive posted a thread about a Tenby MCU, now one on Holyhead.

Like Tenby Holyhead had a small MCU detachment. Im guessing the reason it was here was to provide support for SARTU. Im also wondering if it supported Llanbedr, possibly by recovering Jindiviks that were hit?

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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 25 Mar 2018 12:12 #2

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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 25 Mar 2018 12:27 #3

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I am sure I have seen recent photos or news footage of aircrew from RAF Valley going out and beeing dumped in the sea as part of their survival training.

Civilian boats now obviously
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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 25 Mar 2018 14:41 #4

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Wiki and (unfortunately) Sturtivant are wrong.

No. 52 ASR/ MCU did not disband in May 1942; it was still operational in July 1944 (Source SD 161) In No.15 Group under RAF Valley.

I feel another 'List' coming on.
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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 08 Apr 2018 17:33 #5

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No 1113 covered briefly in my 'Defending Anglesey' book (discounts for ARG members :) )

Roles during the life of the unit were SAR, target towing and laterly aircrew survival training / SARTU co-operation

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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 07 Jun 2018 15:00 #6

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During ATC camp at Valley in1973, we had a one hour trip on one of the marine craft from Holyhead. I don't know what type it was but it was diesel powered.

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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 08 Jun 2018 09:50 #7

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The only marine craft I ever went on was in Malta, and they were powered by Rolls-Royce Merlins.

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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 06 Aug 2018 18:01 #8

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1113 MCU disbanded in 1986 and the last Marine Unit Pinnace that served at Holyhead is now preserved at the RAF Museum in London
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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 08 Aug 2018 14:28 #9

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This is 1374, the RAFM Detail page for this Pinnance is here
www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/collection...nace-63ft-mk-1-1374/

it shows that prior to Holyhead it was at Gan and was involved in the rescue of passengers and crew from Hastings TG579 on 1 March 1960
A first hand account of that incident is here
ukmamsoba.org/spalshdown.htm
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Holyhead Marine Craft Unit: Nos 52 and 1113 MCU 09 Aug 2018 04:55 #10

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The picture of 1374 is very much like my memory of the boat I got a ride on in 1963 when we were at ATC camp at Ballykelly and spent a day in Londonderry. The MCU there had 2 boats, one being similar in design to 1374 and the other being a Vosper RTTL like the one next to 1374 in the photo.
I remember it having a central mast like this and we were told it was powered by twin Marine Griffons; I seem to recollect the number was 1391, would this be correct?

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