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  1109 Marine Craft Unit Boston

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Updated: 8 Sep 06

Formed: ??

Disbanded: May 1958

Unit was based at:

Boston ::

During the war 1109 MCU's parent unit was RAF Coningsby. In addition to Air Sea Rescue, 1109 MCU was responsible for patrolling the danger area of the Wash sea ranges.

1109 MCU consisted of a "Top Site"on the dock, comprising a large shed for carpenters and fitters and ops/radio room for the duty watch.

In early WWII 1109 MCU was equipped with 2 x 43ft RSL, numbers 1642 and 1649. These were heavier than the previous 41.5 ft RSL broad beam STs and the site's winches were not strong enough to lift them up the slipway. When required the 43 ft were slipped at a private slipway in King's Lynn.

There were as few as 24 personnel assigned to 1109 MCU and according to some limited anecdotal evidence it could be a quiet place. During one 11 month period there was a single ASR callout.

Typical patrols began with the journey down the River Witham, out to the Wash to patrol the danger areas near the bombing ranges. Landing times at the River Witham's mouth had to be judged carefully because if the tide was out there would be great difficulties in getting launches over the bar.

1109 MCU Boston finally closed in May 1958.

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