Catalogue description Air Ministry: Maintenance Command: Registered Files

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Details of AIR 17
Reference: AIR 17
Title: Air Ministry: Maintenance Command: Registered Files

Files relating to the organisation and activities of Maintenance Command.

Date: 1936-1979
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: MC and other file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Air Ministry, Maintenance Command, 1938-1964

Ministry of Defence, Maintenance Command, 1964-1973

Ministry of Defence, Support Command, 1973-1994

Physical description: 127 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 2006 Ministry of Defence

from 1970 Air Ministry

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Command was formed on 1 April 1938. Maintenance Command, which was the largest employer of civilian labour in the Royal Air Force, formed the supply and engineering backing to the Service. Amongst its responsibilities was the receiving, inspecting, storing and issuing of aircraft equipment, spares, materials and explosives. Other functions included servicing, general engineering, repair salvage, bomb disposal and gas production. Maintenance Command disbanded on 31 August 1973 and its functions were absorbed by Support Command.

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