Unit History: RAF Marine Craft

RAF Marine Craft
RAF Marine Craft Section originated in the Great War in Apr 1916, 11 days after the creation of the RAF as a whole. Small craft and personnel were transfered in from the RNAS. During the 1920s the Section’s flying boats were being used to establish air routes across the British Empire. It was formed into a Branch in 1948, operated the largest air-sea rescue service in the world, and survived to 1986.
The RAF Marine Branch operated the RAF Air-Sea Rescue (ASR) cover in small fast launches (HSL). During World War II RAF Marine Craft high-speed rescue launches were used extensively in the Air Sea Rescue role, saving over 13 000 aircrew and other personnel.
In 1948 the Marine Craft became a full branch of the RAF and was disbanded in 1986.

Memories of RAF Marine Craft

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

RAF Marine Craft, in 1954

Written by Arthur Connell

Whilst serving at RAF ZEROS a marine craft base IN Cyprus which was a detachment from RAF Nicosia we had to take our boats to Famagusta to have them slipped out of the water for servicing on one occasion we had a vessel returning to Zeros which sprung a bad leak and could not be handled with the bilge pumps permission was given to beach the vessel in the late afternoon and a crew remainrd aboard to safeguard it that night however by morning the vessel had moved on the pebblbeach and completely broken up to matchwood

RAF Marine Craft, Bridlington in 1959

Taking Ginger Rocks to Stocton to visit his parents, before visiting the local church to ask for the banns of marriage to Eve to be read. On arriving his Mum was coming out of the house with a shopping bag in her hand. "Where are you going ?" he asked, and she answered "WE DON’T HAVE ANY BREAD" he said "that’s alright Mum, we’ll just have toast, and she turned on her heel, and went halfway down the hall to the kitchen, before realising she could not make the toast without the bread. He was flailed with the shopping bag as she went past him and I again.

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