Michael Maltby

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Michael Maltby was an MI5 officer killed in the Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash.[1]

According to intelligence writer Stephen Dorril was amongst the most important of the MI5 officers who died:

The key person of the six and a totally irreplaceable loss to the Service and the countering of the IRA in particular. As I understand it, Maltby - on his second tour of duty in the province - ran the unit monitoring the IRA's collecting and laundering of funds. During the seventies, when MI5 had no responsibility for the IRA, only the Loyalist terror groups, Maltby ran a one man operation keeping track of IRA funds. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace such an institutional memory. It is fortunate for MI5 that the cease-fire has made that, for the moment, unnecessary.[2]

The unit Dorril describes may be the Anti-Racketeering Unit (Northern Ireland)


  1. The 29 who died, The Guardian, 6 February 2002.
  2. Stephen Dorril, Lobster95, Issue 29, p.14.