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Old 12th May 2019, 18:17
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RAF Marine Craft in WW2

This was posted on the "RAF Mountbatten and Marine Craft" page of Facebook:
Whilst working at the careers office in Manchester a builder came in and handed me a letter saying he had found in loft of house demolishing and walked straight out. A letter home just after D Day - saying his has new command of ‘the boat’ at the unit, keeping in touch with old life - a long letter cover other topics. Long shot but can anyone shed anymore light?
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Old 12th May 2019, 21:06
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Here is some general background to RAF Marine Branch operations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_..._Marine_Branch

T.E. Lawrence, famous during the First World War as "Lawrence of Arabia," served in the RAF ranks twice (with a forced interruption in the Royal Tank Corps), working on the development of high-speed rescue craft. Here's an excerpt from a Wikipedia article about him:Lawrence continued serving in the RAF based at RAF Mount Batten near Plymouth, RAF Calshot near Southampton, and RAF Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire. He specialised in high-speed boats and professed happiness, and he left the service with considerable regret at the end of his enlistment in March 1935.In the inter-war period, the RAF's Marine Craft Section began to commission air-sea rescue launches capable of higher speeds and greater capacity. The arrival of high-speed craft into the MCS was driven in part by Lawrence. He had previously witnessed a seaplane crew drowning when the seaplane tender sent to their rescue was too slow in arriving. He worked with Hubert Scott-Paine, the founder of the British Power Boat Company (BPBC), to introduce the 37.5 ft (11.4 m) long ST 200 Seaplane Tender Mk1 into service. These boats had a range of 140 miles when cruising at 24 knots and could achieve a top speed of 29 knots.[119][120]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._E._...Post-war_years
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Old 12th May 2019, 21:16
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The Operations Record Book of No. 30 Air Sea Rescue Marine Craft Unit is in the National Archives https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7160336
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Old 12th May 2019, 22:54
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Here's one of the Air Sea Rescue craft, still afloat today with the Historic Ships collection. This one actually took part at Dunkirk & D-Day among many other operations:
Ship Photos, Container ships, tankers, cruise ships, bulkers, tugs etc
And here is a seaplane tender, operated by the RAF during WW2:
Ship Photos, Container ships, tankers, cruise ships, bulkers, tugs etc
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Old 12th May 2019, 23:21
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Was their moorings in the channel for airmen to get to after being shot down ?

They could be picked up by either side but were regarded as a neutral area.
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Bit of a crosswind in that second photo !
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When I was a kid, I had a piano teacher who spent WW2 in the RAF, crewing Air Sea Rescue launches, based in various ports around the South and South East coast but never in the Channel. Most of his work was in the North Sea, picking up bomber crews who didn't quite make it back to land.
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They do have a fairly active association who might be able to help, had some contact a while ago through the ATC squadron, forget the exact name but one of the main people in the association was based Mid Wales way IIRC, a bit of Googling might help to get their contact, may well be able to help.
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