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    Came aross this in the 161 Squadron ORB 'Posted out to A.M.unit 11.4.44'
    Any idea what A.M.Unit was? Air Medical? Air Ministry unit doeasn't sound right.
    The chap was a Despatcher.
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    Bob
    Last edited by Bob; 24th September 2019 at 14:39. Reason: typo on date

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    Hi Bob, but I have found it in my list of official abbreviations:

    AMU Air Ministry Unit

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Thanks Pavel
    Does anybody know what an Air Ministry Unit was? Function?

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    Bob, I think the GEE units were known as Air Ministry Units. Regards, Terry

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    Hi Bob

    The Air Ministry Unit was a 'paper' establishment for personnel serving in the various departments of the Air Ministry, so your chap had obviously been posted to a staff job.

    To clarify what Terry was thinking Radar units were known as Air Ministry Experiment Stations (AMES)

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    Dare I suggest 'staff job' is too restrictive. I think the AM Unit was a catch-all for sundry postings/work for which there was no specific unit. For instance between September 1940 and May 1941 six RAFVR personnel, two officers and four ORs were selected to serve on two ships, the SS Toronto City and SS Arakaka chartered for meteorological reporting duties in mid-Atlantic. Each ship had a complement of three meteorologists. In each case their service record was annotated AMU. Both ships were lost with all hands. I have seen a number of records similarly annotated for men working in meteorology.

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