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Chasseur 06 & Chasseur 07

A French Chasseur of the Royal Navy


On the night of the 11th-12th October motor torpedo boats torpedoed and sank two enemy trawlers off the Belgian Coast and took 34 prisoners. No account of this incident was given to the Press as it is possible that the Germans will ascribe the loss of these ships to mines. On the same night two of H.M. Trawlers Listrae and Warwick Deeping were sunk by enemy light craft off St. Catherines. There were 24 survivors from the former and the majority of the Warwick Deeping's crew landed in the Isle of Wight. Two French chasseurs with British crews on patrol in this area are also missing and it is feared that they have been sunk. There is evidence that the enemy force consisted of a destroyer and 3 or 4 torpedo boats or E-boats. Destroyer patrols were ordered to intercept the enemy and early on the 12th October H.M.S. Jackal sighted and engaged two small craft 30 miles north of Cherbourg but the enemy were soon lost in the darkness. National Archives (CAB/66/13/3)

Addendum: Survivors from both sinkings were picked up by the German torpedo boat Greif and interned as POWs for the duration.

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In Memoriam

On this day: 13th October

Leading Seaman Robert William James Wilson (H.M.M.L. 1057)
Able Seaman Norman Henry Rowe (H.M.M.L. 836)

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them

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London Branch

Dennis Reeve

London Branch have been informed that member Dennis Reeve has unfortunately broken his hip and is now in hospital. Dennis has been a very popular and active member of London Branch for many years, but for several years now, despite the help of his family, he has been unable to attend our meetings regularly. However, he has kept in touch with shipmates by telephone. His daughter Sherine will keep the branch informed of developments. In the meantime we wish our shipmate all the very best for a successful recovery.


Fellow branch member Peter Bickmore has been to visit Dennis in Queens Hospital, Romford on Sunday last (4th October). Peter reports Dennis seemed comfortable, and that they spent some time together reminiscing about life aboard MGB 647, some 72 years ago!

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