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M.P. Insignia.
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Author:  MIKE STOCKTON. [ Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:53 pm ]
Post subject:  M.P. Insignia.

What insignia etc was used on the "Class A" white webbing attired M.P.'s?

Were they a specific base attached unit or were they just the ordinary guys who took on the roles of M.P.'s as and when required?


Author:  Station 128 [ Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

Each station was assigned a dedicated MP Company (Aviation) or Company Detachment.
Further MP Companies or Company Detachments were assigned to towns frequented by AAF personnel.

Here's the 983rd MP Company (Aviation) outside the guardhouse at Molesworth in early 1944:


And a closeup showing uniform details:


All the best,

Author:  Grim Reaper [ Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

Great picture Paul...shows the smart MP.....mum used to say the MPs at Stn 506 Milton Ernest Hall were always "whited out"..with liners and whire webbing....

standard 8th or AAF generic shoulder patch would have been worn and as Paul says each Station had its own detachment of MPs



Author:  Lucky [ Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

Did MP's have Army Air Force insignia on their shoulder or was it their unit patch, I'm looking into the MP's that were at Bassingbourn in mid 43 for the MP's in our living history group so they can be accurate

Author:  Station 128 [ Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

For the 985th MP Coy (Avn) at Bassingbourn (and Detachment A at Thurleigh) use the generic AAF shoulder patch.

All the best,

Author:  Lucky [ Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

Thanks Paul

Author:  ABE [ Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

Does anyone know about the collar discs? were they the wing and prop or were they the crossed pitols? I presume they would be the wing and prop as they were air corps personnel designated as M.P's as opposed to M.P's designated to the Air Corps, but I don't know for sure.

Also in the photograph the two rear ranks seem to be wearing white lanyards on both shoulders (I've never seen that before) does anyone know the significance? and why is the front rank devoid of any lanyards at all?

Author:  Station 128 [ Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

Not sure yet about the first question.

For the second one, they seem to be wearing a decorative plaited whistle lanyard on their left shoulders, while the thinner one on their right looks to be attached to their pistols.
As for those not wearing lanyards, perhaps they are the Admin staff and those with are the "on duty" section.

All the best,

Author:  yankee@large [ Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

In regards to attachment of the MP Units, I have this information from the 1st Air Division Headquarter history.

"15 January 1943, The 980th Military Police Company (Avn) arrived with four (4) Officers and one hundred (100) Enlisted Men. Capt. James E. Nelson Commanding.

Prior to this time , the duties of the Military Police were handled by temporarily organized group of enlisted men of the Headquarters."

I believe that they have been sent out to the bases from this first group.

I will keep looking for more.

Jeff Hawley
1st Air Division Headquarters Heritage Society

Author:  Station 128 [ Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: M.P. Insignia.

The 985th MP Coy were also administered from Brampton, and its various detachments covered the towns and other off-base areas in the divisional area.

Detachment A: Bedford
Detachment B: Cambridge
Detachment C: Huntingdon
Detachment D: Kettering
Detachment E: Northampton
Detachment F: Peterborough
Detachment G: Rushden
Detachment H: Wellingborough
Detachment I: Bassingbourn

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