54 MU RAF Repair and Salvage (43 Group)

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54 MU RAF Repair and Salvage (43 Group)

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A document listing the activities of the Maintenance Unit Repair and Salvage unit. It describes the recovery of damaged aircraft which could be rebuilt and returned to service. The make up of the team is described.

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One handwritten list

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IBCC Digital Archive

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MShawSR3002545-160211-16

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54. M.U. R.A.F. REPAIR AND SALVAGE. (43 GROUP).
THIS UNIT OPERATED FROM A SITE ON TRUMPINGTON ROAD, CAMBRIDGE IN 1944, SOME OF IT’S AIRMEN WERE BILLETED AT JESUS COLLEDGE, [sic] IT MOVED TO RAF STATION NEWMARKET, EARLY IN 1945. THE PURPOSE OF THE UNIT WAS TO REMOVE AIRCRAFT FROM CRASH SITES. IF THE DAMAGE WASN’T TO [sic] SERIOUS, THE AIRCRAFT WAS VERY CAREFULLY DISMANTLED, LOADED ONTO ‘QUEEN MARY’, LOW LOAD TRUCKS, AND TAKEN BACK TO REPAIR DEPOTS, TO BE OVERHAULED, AND PUT BACK INTO SERVICE. LARGE AIRCRAFT, FOUR ENGINED, EX. LANCASTER, HALIFAX OR STIRLING, WOULD TAKE ABOUT FIVE DAYS DISMANTLE. TWIN ENGINED AIRCRAFT I.E. MOSQUITO’S ABOUT THREE DAYS.
THE SEVERITY OF THE CRASH, DETERMINED WHICH CATEGORY IT WOULD BE TREATED UNDER.
CAT. B. STRIPPED CAREFULL. [sic] SENT BACK TO REPAIR UNIT
CAT E1 STRIPPED AND SENT FOR SPARES.
CAT E2 CRASH. ‘SWEEP UP’ THIS TYPE OF CRASH USUALLY COVERED A SMALL AREA, HAZARDS ENCOUNTERED. PETROL LEAKAGE AND IN SOME CASES, LIVE BOMBS AND AMMUNITION.
A SALVAGE PARTY USUALLY CONSISTED OF EIGHT PERSONEL [sic] A SEARGNT. [sic] I/C. TWO CORPORALS, TWO ENGINE. AND TWO AIRFRAME AIRMAN, PLUS A DRIVER, WITH A BEDFORD OR STUDEBAKER TRUCK. TOOLS AND SLINGS WERE CARRIED, BUT CRANE’S FOR HEAVY LIFTING, COLE’S OR LORRAINE. WERE SENT OUT FROM THE DEPOT.

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Stan Shaw, “54 MU RAF Repair and Salvage (43 Group),” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed June 25, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/25991.

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