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226 Maintenance Unit 13 Mar 2010 09:50 #1

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Hi Folks,

I have learned that 226 Maintainance Unit of the Royal Air Force was based at Mallusk in County Antrim.

Can anyone offer any information about this Unit??

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226 Maintenance Unit 13 Mar 2010 12:10 #2

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In a nutshell, No 226 MU was part of No 43 Group Maintenance Command whose HQ was in Oxford. It was responsible for aircraft salvage from crash sites in NI as well as dealing with aircraft that could be repaired. From May 1943 the salvage MUs, including 226, became officially responsible for crashed USAAF aircraft with the assistance where available of USAAF personnel.

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226 Maintenance Unit 13 Mar 2010 15:00 #3

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Just remembered to check Air-Britain's RAF Training and Support Units and found the following:

No 11 Repair and Salvage Unit formed 1.7.40 at Henlow for Northern Ireland; disbanded 24.7.40. Reformed 1.11.40 as No 11 Repair and Salvage Centre in No 43 Group at Mallusk, Co Antrim. Redesignated No 226 MU 1.7.42. It had a detachment at Aldergrove and disbanded 30.4.46.

These salvage MUs often took over local garage or industrial premises, usually with some spare land on which to dump wrecks until they could be taken away for melting down or dismantling for parts. I'm sure that a man of your amazing sleuthing capabilities will soon be able to find out exactly where the Mallusk site was!

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