Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
RCAF Mobile Support Equipment

Royal Canadian Air Force Mobile Support Equipment

Mobile Support Equipment Operators (MSE OP) operate military vehicles ranging in size from standard automobiles to snow removal equipment and all-terrain vehicles.  An MSE OP carries out duties related to driving, operating and performing operator's maintenance on a variety of administrative and Standard Military Pattern (SMP) vehicles.  Employment involves both static and operational tours in the air and land environment.

The author's father, Warrant Officer (Retired) Aage C. Skaarup was an MSE Op in the RCAF and CF from 1954 to 1974. He trained at St. Jean, Quebec and served at Camp Borden, Ontario, Trenton, Ontario, No. 3 (F) Wing based in Zweibrucken, Germany from 1959-1963, North Bay, Ontario, Gypsumville, Manitoba, Gander, Newfoundland and Chatham, New Brunswick where he retired as a Warrant Officer in 1974.  Dad passed away in 2011 and is buried near his farm in Carleton County, New Brunswick. 

 

(LAC A.C Skaarup, RCAF MSE Op is 2nd from the right in this RCAF Photo)

RCAF Mobile Support Equipment

RCAF truck No. 255, loaded with aircraft wings, 28 June 1937.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581104)

RCAF Ford runabout truck No. 52, Camp Borden, 23 Aug 1939.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643572)

RCAF 1934 Ford 2-ton dump truck, 3 July 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581330)

RCAF Ford half-track crash tender No. 340, Camp Borden, Ontario, 28 Sep 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643566)

RCAF Ford half-track crash tender No. 340, Camp Borden, Ontario, 28 Sep 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643565)

Innis Cunningham half-track dump truck, 25 Feb 1936.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3580952)

RCAF 1937 Ford Coach No. 308, 3 July 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581336)

RCAF Mechanical transport Vehicle No. 30-136 RE, 12 Apr 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3586742)

RCAF 1941 Chevrolet staff car with flag, 18 June 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581798)

RCAF Ford 4-door, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584186)

RCAF 1950 Plymouth sedan, 14 Aug 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584409)

RCAF Plymouth two-door car No. 4453-26, 20 Jan 1949.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584205)

RCAF motor Transport Fleet, Rockcliffe, Ontario, 4 July 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583342)

RCAF 1937 GMC Panel Delivery half-ton, No. 338, 3 July 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581327)

RCAF 1938 Ford Station Wagon No. 347, 5 July 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581326)

RCAF GMC triple combination fire truck No. 41, Camp Borden, Ontario, 23 Aug 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643569)

RCAF International triple combination fire tender No. 1, Camp Borden, 23 Aug 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643571)

RCAF Fire Truck, 6 Apr 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3586780)

RCAF International Fire Pumper, 14 Aug 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584408)

RCAF 1937 Chevrolet Fire Truck No. 318, crash tender, Trenton, Ontario, 6 Oct 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581465)

RCAF Chevrolet Crash tender, 26 Aug 1937.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581126)

RCAF 1935 Cletrac Tractor No. 295, 3 July 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581324)

RCAF 1938 Cletrac Diesel Tractor No. 358, 3 July 1939.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581318)

RCAF 1938 Cletrac Model FDL80 Diesel Tractor No. 358, with rotary snow blower attached, 3 July 1939.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581321)

RCAF Tractor Crawler Size 3 Ancle Dozer No. 21-723 RE, 25 Jan 1949.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584209)

RCAF tractor crawler, 25 Jan 1949.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584183)

RCAF Tractor Crawler, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584197)

RCAF Cyclone snow remover vehicle, 17 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584219)

RCAF 5-ton Sicard snowblower No. 79-987, 25 Jan 1949.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584204)

RCAF 5-ton Sicard snowblower, 23 June 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584387)

RCAF Walter 4-wheel drive truck with rotary snow loader, 14 Apr 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3237527)

RCAF Walter 4-wheel drive Snow Fighter with Roto Wing, 4 Feb 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583142)

RCAF Walter 4-wheel drive Snow Fighter with Seacar snow plough, 26 Apr 1945.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583749)

RCAF 3-ton one way snow plough, 1 Dec 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584315)

RCAF 3-ton one way snow plough, 1 Dec 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584316)

RCAF 3-ton one way snow plough, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584194)

RCAF snow plough, 23 June 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584386)

RCAF snow removal equipment, 15 April 1955.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585101)

RCAF snow roller, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584215)

RCAF Lorain Crane, 23 June 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584388)

RCAF Lorain Crane, 12 Apr 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3586786)

RCAF Lorain Crane, 25 Jan 1949.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584198)

RCAF mechanical lift used to move a Dakota engine, Norman Wells, NWT, July 1950.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3586654)

RCAF Crane No. 35-339 RE, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584180)

RCAF Rapier crane.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581602)

RCAF airfield tractor, 23 June 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584389)

RCAF Mule aircraft towing tractor, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584189)

RCAF Farmall A aircraft towing tractor, 24 May 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583283)

RCAF Farmall A aircraft towing tractor with Avro Anson, 2 June 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583297)

RCAF David Brown aircraft tractor, 9 May 1951.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584495)

RCAF Mule towing a Douglas Digby, ca 1940s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4315396)

RCAF Mule towing a Douglas Digby, ca 1940s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No.  4315400)

RCAF Mule, 11 Mar 1954.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584909)

RCAF Ambulance No. 30-675 RE, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584182)

RCAF Ambulance crew unloading patient from a Noorduyn Norseman, 17 March 1954.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4448522)

RCAF 3-ton passenger Bus, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584195)

RCAF Bus, 23 June 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583390)

RCAF Mechanical Transport Vehicle No. 31-639 RE, 12 Apr 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No.

3586783)

RCAF half-ton panel truck No. 31-630 RE, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584196)

RCAF radio control truck No. 4925, 12 Apr 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3586779)

RCAF radio control truck, North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB. RCAF (Serial No. FS965), collision, 16 Oct 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583056)

RCAF radio control truck, North American AT-16 Harvard Mk. IIB. RCAF (Serial No. FS965) collision, 16 Oct 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583054)

RCAF Station Wagon, No. V 65-303, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584211)

RCAF recruiting vehicle, 18 Dec 1953.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584880)

RCAF recruiting vehicle, 18 Dec 1953.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584879)

RCAF 2-a-half ton Chevrolet refuelling truck, 3 Feb 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582398)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing Fairchild 71s, ca 1938.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3577545)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing Fairchild 71s.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581174)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing Fairchild 71s, ca 1938.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3577543)

RCAF CWT petrol tender, 22 Nov 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581986)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing a Hawker Hurricane Mk I, 6 Oct 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3614997)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing a  Westland Lysander Mk. I (Serial No. 419), No. 110 Sqn, Rockcliffe, 23 Jan 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3577559)

RCAF refueling tender servicing a  Westland Lysander Mk. IIT (Serial No. 1557) target tug, Patricia Bay, BC, 14 Feb 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3560836)

RCAF refuelling tender No. 398, serving a Bristol Bolingbroke, 23 Jan 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581603)

RCAF refuelling truck N93099, 3 May 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3589508)

RCAF refueling tender servicing a North American Harvard, 6 Sep 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584298)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing a Beechcraft Expeditor, 6 Sep 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584299)

RCAF refuelling tender No. 655, servicing a Canadair CL-2 North Star, 6 Sep 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584297)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing a Canadair CL-2 North Star, 23 May 1951.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584501)

RCAF refuelling tender with Consolidated PBY Canso, 6 Sep 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584295)

RCAF refuelling tender servicing an Avro Lancaster, 6 Sep 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584296)

RCAF refuelling tender, 800 gal, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584203)

RCAF refuelling tender, 6 Apr 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3586784)

RCAF refuelling tender, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584207)

RCAF refuelling truck, 1300 gallon, 4 Feb 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583143)

RCAF refuelling truck, de Havilland Comet, 22 June 1953.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584819)

RCAF GMC fire truck, 22 March 1937.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581029)

RCAF GMC fire truck, 22 March 1937.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581032)

RCAF Fire Truck No. 534, 28 May 1940.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581664)

RCAF GMC fire truck, 3 Feb 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582399)

RCAF Crash truck No., 16 June 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583309)

RCAF Ford Marmon Harrington crash tender, 5 Feb 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582401)

RCAF Fire truck, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584181)

RCAF, fire truck, 3 Jan 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584661)

RCAF, fire truck, demonstration, 3 Jan 1952.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584660)

RCAF fire truck, 22 May 1953.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584784)

RCAF Fire Truck, 30 Apr 1954.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584932)

RCAF Fire Truck, Cpl McGee, 28 July 1970.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 411630)

RCAF Sicard fire truck, 29 June 1970.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4118631)

RCAF truck No. 5404 with Grumman Goose, July 1943.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3586116)

RCAF L Lorry, 10 Jan 1945.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583659)

RCAF truck No. 61K64-A43 with Diesel engine pack loaded, Uplands, 13 Aug 1952.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584695)

RCAF 2-ton dump truck No. 36-405, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584200)

RCAF 1-3/4-ton truck, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584210)

RCAF 2-ton truck No. 32-439 RE, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584201)

RCAF 3-ton crash tender truck, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584199)

RCAF Ford Warford Multiwheeler-crash tender No. 84, 5 Feb 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582400)

RCAF MT truck, SC bomb hoist, 4 May 1943.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3589507)

MT truck, SC bomb hoist, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584202)

RCAF SC 3-ton truck No. 33-190, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584212)

RCAF pick-up truck No. 440 RE, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584208)

RCAF aerodrome control truck, No. 35-685 RE, 25 Jan 1949.   (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584193)

RCAF panel truck, refrigerator, No. 412 Sqn, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584192)

RCAF panel truck No. 31-850 RE,with public address system, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584187)

RCAF weapon carrier truck, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584184)

Canadian Army truck, 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3356798)

RCAF crash tender on 4 X $ chassis, 22 Oct 1942.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582259)

RCAF crash tender on 4 X $ chassis, 22 Oct 1942.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3582294)

RCAF Nutrional Laboratories truck, 5 Oct 1944.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583530)

RCAF 3/4-ton GS truck (Jeep), No. 95-558, 25 Jan 1949.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584190)

RCAF 3/4-ton truck, Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, Resolute Bay, 14 June 1950.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584392)

Canadian Military Pattern Field Artillery Tractor, Ford, Mar 1941.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3195690)