The concept of a mobile unit capable of providing shore
based aviation support for fleet operations was conceived in
It was to be the middle of 1944 before
sufficient resources could be spared to allow the scheme to
become a reality
The first MONAB commissioned as a fully independent
unit in October 1944.
The last MONAB was disbanded in 1955.
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This site is an attempt to tell the stories of the
Mobile Naval Air Bases of the Royal Navy. How they came into being
and the experiences and achievements of these unique naval units,
both during World War Two and in the post war years. The story is
far from complete, the information contained within these pages is
compiled from official records, published accounts and personal
reminiscences of those who served in the various units.
Nine Mobile Naval Air Bases and one Transportable Aircraft
Maintenance Yard operated during the last years of WW2. Without the
contribution made by these units and the men who served in them, the
British forces could not have participated in the final stages of
the conflict in the Pacific.
These are their stories...
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