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 Post subject: The role of an MP Unit on a USAAF air base
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:28 am 
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Morning everyone,

I'm starting this thread to hopefully get some info on the basic duties that Military Police had on USAAF air bases.

I'm sure there is more to it than merely guard duty.

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 Post subject: Re: The role of an MP Unit on a USAAF air base
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 1:00 pm 
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From Malcolm Osborne's writeup on the 1142nd MP Co. at Nuthampstead:

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Duties of 1142nd Military Police Company (Aviation)
The duties of this MP Company on this Station consist of those duties incident to any police organisation. One of the most important, especially in war time, is of preserving internal security. This is done by military policemen being posted on all gates and entrances and a check made of all persons military or civilian entering or leaving. Any suspicious persons loitering on the base without authority are apprehended and questioned.

Any aircraft that may crash is guarded by a member of this organisation whether it be on the Station itself or adjacent to the base.

A Military escort is provided for any notable or important person that may visit the Station.

Bicycles are registered and a record of all bicycles on the Station is kept. Any lost or stolen bicycles are picked up and returned to their rightful owner.

Investigations are conducted when any crime is committed by a member of the U.S. Army. If a civilian is implicated the Military Police work in conjunction with the civilian police. Regulation and control of all traffic is maintained by a constant motorcycle patrol. Investigations are made of all traffic incidents/accidents. Absentees whether voluntary or involuntary, are returned to their proper organisations and a record is kept of all violations and offences.

Prisoner guards are furnished to guard all types of prisoners.

A Town Patrol is on duty each night to patrol the nearby Villages and Towns that are frequented by soldiers of this Station while off duty.

Guards are posted on the perimeter upon the return of each mission. Two men are posted at each briefing and interrogation.

The duties of the MP Company and any other MP Company are to enforce the Law of the United States Army and to preserve law and order and to help any soldier that may be in distress.

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 Post subject: Re: The role of an MP Unit on a USAAF air base
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Thanks Paul.

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My late Uncle was an MP based at Raydon with the 1260th MP Company.

You can read his memoir here:

http://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/ ... p-company/

Hope this helps!


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ashley353 wrote:
My late Uncle was an MP based at Raydon with the 1260th MP Company.

You can read his memoir here:

http://353rdfightergroup.wordpress.com/ ... p-company/

Hope this helps!


Thanks, Ash. I've read a part of the memoir and it's excellent. I'll read the rest later.

Cheers,

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