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    Imagine a Lancaster lands at a Wellington OTU, diverted on return from Germany. Flak caused an engine fire, so the crew brought her home on 3. If the OTU doesn't have a spare Merlin, do they just get the a/c to a state where she's okay to fly back to base on just the 3? Or does the crew have to wait for an engine to be delivered? Can Wellington ground crews switch to Merlin replacement?

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    If you know the serial of the Lancaster then it would be worth getting a copy of the Form 78 Aircraft Movement Card from RAFM. In many cases repairs were carried out by mobile detachments from MUs and the F78 might well record close to the appropriate date that the aircraft was ros "repaired on site" and record which MU dealt with the repair.

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    Thanks Steve, I don't have the a/c serial number, just a hazy crew account. The incident occurred after the 2/3 Dec '43 Berlin op, when many returning crews were diverted to OTU's in the Midlands. Fog delayed their return (so they missed the Stettin raid on 3/4 Dec). It struck me that when they return to Lincolnshire on the 4th, there's no mention of anyone having repaired the a/c. Were MU mobile detachments established by this stage?

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