Each MONAB comprised of several key components,
common to all units, and a range of inter-changeable technical
components. Each technical component carried out a single function,
day-to-day servicing, AIRCRAFT storage, repair of damaged AIRCRAFT
etc. Should the MONABs tasking be changed additional components
could be added to meet the new task, alternately, redundant
components could be removed or re-deployed. [The MSR units of MONAB
V are a prime example of this, together with the change of
components in MONAB II during formation.]
With the exception of MONAB II and TAMY I all Mobile airfield units
were formed with one MM and two MS technical components - MR and MSR
components were attached to units where needed
Mobile Maintenance (MM)
Tasked with aircraft repair by parts replacement, and the repair &
overhaul of aircraft components. Equipped with workshop vehicles and
one steel framed, canvas covered portable hanger, capable of housing
one large & one small aircraft. Each MM Unit was tasked with
maintenance of a number of different aircraft types (see individual
individual MM listing for
details). An MM unit was manned by 6 Officers. 25 CPOs & POs and 64
Maintenance Servicing (MS)
Tasked with routine daily servicing. Each individual MS unit was
tasked to support specific aircraft types (see
individual MS listing
for details). An MS unit was manned by 4 Officers. 16 CPOs & POs and
Mobile Servicing & Maintenance (MSM)
A containerised pack-up unit containing the stores, tools
and ground equipment of one MM and two MS units without the
specialist vehicles. Designed to be substituted for the MM & MS
components in a MONAB which was to be installed at a fully
functional airfield with permanent structures to house technical
components. An MSM would be manned by 162 Officers. 65
CPOs & POs and 138 ratings. MONAB II was the only unit known to have
included an MSM.
Mobile Air Radio Maintenance (MAR)
Radio and radar workshops, stores and generators in Road/Rail
containers mounted on 3 Ton trucks. These components were not
numbered, one MAR component was attached to each MONAB and
supported all equipment types in use by the BPF. The manning
levels for these units is not known.
Maintenance, Storage & Reserve (MSR)
Tasked with maintaining and storing reserve aircraft, each unit
being equipped & stored to hold 50 aircraft. Attached to MONABs
where reserve aircraft stocks were to be held for either local issue
or re-supply of the Forward aircraft pool. Individual MSR units
stored to hold a number of different aircraft types (see
individual MSR listing for details). An MSR unit had its own
complement of 3 Officers. 29 CPOs & POs and 99 ratings.
Mobile Repair (MR)
A containerised pack-up unit tasked with carrying out repairs
above those handled by an MM unit, but below the level requiring the
attention of an aircraft repair yard. These units were intended for
inclusion in type 'A' MONABs, however due to operational demands
above those originally anticipated for some units the MR units
operating in Australia were moved from unit to unit when required.
Each MR unit was tasked with support of a number of different
aircraft types (see individual MR
listing for details). The manning levels for these units is not
Maintenance Annex (MA)
Task not clear, it is possible that these units were 'add on'
components to supplement MSRs. (see
individual MA listing
for details). The manning levels for these units is not known.
Standard Preservation Unit (SPU)
Task and MONAB allocation is not clear; unit sailed with MONAB VIII
in February 1945. May have been retained in Australia when MONAB
VIII re-embarked for passage to Hong Kong. [Most likely use for such
a unit would be as part of the Forward Aircraft Pool or TAMY I]
Mobile Air Torpedo Maintenance Unit (MATMU)
Tasked with torpedo servicing and supply, these units where attached
to MONABs supporting disembarked Torpedo, Bomber, Reconnaissance
(TBR) squadrons, providing an Air Torpedo live firing range. (see
individual MATMU listing for details). A MATMU was manned by 1
Officer. 2 CPOs & POs and 30 ratings.
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All MONAB units were made up of a fixed set of common elements,
the makeup of the repair and maintenance element being dictated by
the unit tasking.
Commanding Officer, Executive Officer.
Comprised; Medical, Pay office, Naval & Air stores, Clothing stores,
Messing, Victualling (Catering), Station Maintenance -
[Accommodation, Discipline, Motor Transport, Water & Sanitation].
Repair & Maintenance (Air)
Comprising; Workshops - [MM, MS, MR, MSR], Air gunnery, Torpedo -
Operations & Training
Comprising; Flying control, Radio & Radar, Flight Deck Officer,
Meteorological, Photographic, Station Flight, and resident Fleet
Requirements Unit - if attached.
Comprising; Ground defence, Support, Anti Aircraft Defence.
No construction units were ever assembled; if needed they would
comprise of a detachment of Royal Marine Engineers and would only be
required by a Forward Area MONAB if no suitable base of operations
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