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    Despite several lists available to check I have been unable to confirm the acronym for B. M. S. U. can anyone help with this one please.
    I can add it had a connection to Mildenhall later in the war but little else to crack this one...
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    Hi Colin

    No independent unit BMSU listed at Mildenhall as far as I can see but could it be part of the Base organisation e.g. Base Major Servicing Unit?

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    Malcolm.
    Thank you for that suggestion, it appears the context may well relate to armament works of some sort.
    They did like acronyms which are now difficult puzzles for us at times.
    Clearly this is not a regular one to be seen....

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    Base Munitions Storage/Servicing Unit?

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    A good punt Malcolm..... I can now add the last piece of gleaned information which may or may not help : August 1944. 32 B.M.S.U. Mildenhall
    Having a number insertion - does that have any relevance.

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    BMSU - Bomb & Mine Storage Unit is a possible. The major ones were underground.

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    There might be a problem with anything underground at Mildenhall. The water-table thereabouts is often at the surface! 5 miles to the northwest of Mildenhall is the famous Shippea Hill (GE 52.428476 0.411601) which OS shows as being 1 foot AMSL (the surrounding farmland is well below MSL!)! GE actually shows the station as being -4 ft AMSL - but I prefer to trust OS! Bits of RAF Mildenhall are very close to being at Sea Level.
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    The guys & gals who got torpedoes in shape were part of a Mobile Servicing Unit (torpedo) which was called simply MSU in paperwork. Is it a stretch to think large bomber fields might have had Bomb MSUs?

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    The additional info of 32 can start to narrow it down.

    No.32 Base was numbered at Mildenhall from the existing No.3 Grouo Base with effect from 16th Sept 1943. It was disbanded on 15th Nov 1945.

    so 32 B.M.S.U narrows down to No.32 Base ...M S U

    MSU usually denotes a Maintenance Sub Unit

    I suspect viewing the No,32 Base ORB will give the required clue to confirm

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/C7161780

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    By joint detection and finally Ross providing what very much looks like the answer can I offer my thanks to all who tried to resolve this one for me.

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