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TOPIC: RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s

RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 09 Jun 2018 09:49 #1

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This is the much reduced, and renumbered list of Marine Craft Units in July 1950

The list for July 1944 is HERE

HQ Coastal Command, Northwood
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MCU #LocationGroupNotes
1100Invergordon18(HMAFV Bridlington)
1101Fowey19midway between Plymouth 43 MCU and Falmouth 42 MCU
1102Calshot19also 235 OCU, Sunderlands. was 32 MCU
1103Felixstowe19was 26 MCU
1104Bridlington18was 21 MCU
1105Porthcawl19was 46 MCU
1106Burghead18was 7 MCU
1107Newhaven19was 28 MCU
1108Amble18midway between Berwick on Tweed 14 MCU and Blyth 15 MCU
1109Boston18between Grimsby 22 MCU and Wells next the Sea 23 MCU
1110Immingham18between Grimsby 22 MCU and Bridlington 21 MCU
1111Lyme Regis19was 37 MCU

Londonderry was the Joint Anti-Submarine School, not an MCU at this time

Source: SD161, issue 118 - Location of units in the Royal Air Force, July 1950 (TNA: AIR10/5230)
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RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 10 Jun 2018 09:52 #2

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In 1956, four more MCUs were added

1112 Tayport (previously 18 MCU)
1113 Holyhead (previously 52 MCU)
1114 Ramsey IoM (previously 54 MCU)
1115 Pembroke Dock (between original 48 Tenby and 49 Fishguard MCUs)

Source: TNA catalogue ORBs

There appear to be no numbers allocated after 1115.

I can find no record of Londonderry having an MCU. Some Range Safety Launches were sent to Londonderry under the JASS HMS Sea Eagle
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RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 10 Jun 2018 16:14 #3

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Any range safety launches at Londonderry would have been for the Army ranges or the Fleet Air Arm range so probably not RAF
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RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 11 Jun 2018 09:35 #4

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The MCU I visited in Malta in 77 was IIRC 1151 MCU.

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RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 11 Jun 2018 13:16 #5

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canberra wrote: The MCU I visited in Malta in 77 was IIRC 1151 MCU.

So there was !

Oh dear - this has just got very complicated. Some of those in post#1 were relocated and renamed. There were big gaps in the numbering system e.g.

No 1125 MCU [Marine Craft Unit], Glugor (Malaya) 1955-60

No 1151 Marine Craft Unit, Marsaxlokk, Malta

Then there were, in addition Marine Craft BASE Units, Marine Craft Sections and Air-Sea Rescue Marine Craft Units.. All quite different

The TNA index to these is somewhat inconsistent in their descriptions which doesn't help.

Beginning to wish I hadn't started this. :angry:
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RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 11 Jun 2018 16:44 #6

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I have always suspected that there was someone at the Air Ministry whose sole purpose was to make life "interesting" for future researchers. These days they are called Cabinet Ministers. I wonder if the chaplain in our sideboard is one? :)
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RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 12 Jun 2018 09:08 #7

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And off topic, but I think relevant is the numbering of the RAF independent flights. That is a completely bewildering system!

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RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 24 Jun 2018 15:48 #8

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Carnaby wrote: In 1956, four more MCUs were added


1112 Tayport (previously 18 MCU)
1113 Holyhead (previously 52 MCU)
1114 Ramsey IoM (previously 54 MCU)
1115 Pembroke Dock (between original 48 Tenby and 49 Fishguard MCUs)

Source: TNA catalogue ORBs

There appear to be no numbers allocated after 1115.

I can find no record of Londonderry having an MCU. Some Range Safety Launches were sent to Londonderry under the JASS HMS Sea Eagle

There was definitely an MCU at Londonderry in August 1963, because I had a 'ride' on one of the launches while at summer camp at nearby Ballykelly. The MCU mooriings were situated on the south bank of the river about 200yds downstream from the double deck bridge which had a road on the top deck and railway lines on the lower deck.
There were 2 launches present when I was there, one was numbered, I think, 2651. One was powered by twin Sea Griffon engines and the other was a newer Vosper 'RTTL'. Both were crewed by RAF personnel.

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RAF Marine Craft Units - 1950s 24 Jun 2018 20:42 #9

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I think the Londonderry MCU was the one moved to Portrush in the mid 60s. A new pier was constructed in the harbour for them and is still there. The unit's accommodation was in a building, probably a converted hotel, on Ramore Ave. The latter had been demolished when I visited earlier this year.

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