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TOPIC: RAF Marine Craft Units - July 1944

RAF Marine Craft Units - July 1944 27 Mar 2018 15:58 #1

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MCU #LocationGroupParent
1Lerwick18Sumburgh
2Shapinsay18Kirkwall
3Thurso18Wick
4Wick18Wick
5Meikle Ferry18Tain
6Cromarty18Alness
7Burghead18Kinloss
8Buckie18Banff
9Fraserburgh18Banff
10Aberdeen18Dyce
11Montrose18Montrose
12Tayport18Leuchars
13Methil18Leuchars
14Bewick-on-Tweed18Charter Hall
15Blyth18Acklington
16Hartlepool18Acklington
17Scalloway18Sumburgh
21Bridlington16Bridlington
22Grimsby16North Coates
23Wells-next-the-Sea16Bircham Newton
24Gorleston16No.992 (BB) Squadron
24Lowestoft (detachment)16No.992 (BB) Squadron
25Lowestoft16Coltishall
26Felixstowe16Felixstowe
27Dover16No.961 (BB) Squadron
27Ramsgate (detachment)16No.961 (BB) Squadron
28Newhaven16Brighton
29Littlehampton16Ford
30Cowes16Gosport
31Sheerness16No.952 (BB) Squadron
32Calshot16Calshot
36Poole19Hurn
37Lyme Regis19Warmwell
38Exrnouth19Exeter
39Torquay19Mount Batten
40Portland19Warmwell
41Salcombe19Mount Batten
42Falmouth19No.959 (BB) Squadron
42Newlyn (detachment)19No.959 (BB) Squadron
43Plymouth19Mount Batten
44Padstow19St Eval
45Barry19St Athan
46Porthcawl19Stormy Down
47Aberystwyth19Aberystwyth
48Tenby19Pembroke Dock
49Fishguard19St Davids
51Pwllheli15Penrhos
52Holyhead15Valley
53Fleetwood15Squires Gate
54Douglas15Andreas
54Peel (detachment)15Andreas
54Ramsey (detachment)15Andreas
55Kirkcudbright15Wigtown
56Portoferry15Ballyhalbert
57Donaghadee15Ballyhalbert
58Larne15Aldergrove
59Stranraer15Stranraer
60Lough Foyle15Ballykelly
61Campbeltown15Greenock
62Lochboisdale15Benbecula
63Menai Straits15Bodorgan
64Drummore15West Freugh
65Oban15Oban
66Stornoway15Stornoway
67Port Ellen15Port Ellen
70IcelandIcelandReykjavik
71GibraltarGibraltarGibraltar

Note: BB = Barrage Balloon
Source: SD161, issue 46 - Location of units in the Royal Air Force, July 1944 (TNA: AIR10/3961)
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RAF Marine Craft Units - July 1944 30 Mar 2018 14:48 #2

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There are several points of interest regarding the list.

1) The MCU numbers were generated on a Group basis, i.e. first 18`, then 16, then 19 Group etc. I wonder why - it's as if the units existed and were numbered later.

2) There are several numbers missing, e.g. 18/19/20, 33/34/35, as if to leave space for further units within a particular Group

3) Detachments have the same MCU number as the parent - confusing

4) Although many of these units were extant in 1942, they are not listed in earlier versions of SD161- Location of units in the Royal Air Force

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RAF Marine Craft Units - July 1944 30 Mar 2018 15:42 #3

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I have found the whole marine craft setup totally confusing and have yet to find a primary source that explains how it was setup prior to 1942. Maybe that would be too easy anyway.

As my particular interest is their use on ranges it seems to me that some marine craft were assigned to other named units before they became autonomous. The armoured boats and pinnaces at Bridlington would be included in the Armament Training Camp at Skipsea likewise with all the other ATC and later ATS and APC (until MCU's were formed). Where the ATS was closed the replacing target towing flight would effectively control the ranges and, I believe the range related marine craft too.

The biggest problem is that all the affordable RAF MCU histories almost entirely focus on the more sexy ASR side, and probably quite rightly but all fail to cover the range work.

I have no idea about TRV (torpedo recovery vessels) and assume they were attached to the TTU's. And I believe that moorings vessels were private pre-war but probably MAP controlled in wartime. Why MAP, who were also responsible for targets?

I have a chapter on Marine craft earmarked for my book but it is so full of holes.

Maybe someone out there can help with marine craft organisation before, during and after the war?

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