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by Admin
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Signalman Lewis Hale, JX/165696
Replies: 1
Views: 425

Re: Signalman Lewis Hale, JX/165696

Hello Popeye Thank you for your post. Coastal Forces bases included Hornet, Wasp, Beehive, Mantis, Midge and many more in UK waters, with others abroad in the Mediterranean, Africa, and India. If you care to post any of the base names for your father here we could tell you what they were. Regards Ad...
by Admin
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 22
Views: 4334

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

27 is a 60' (as was 37); I suppose it possible the 70' version had slightly more room for a bridge (although even in much later short craft this is described as being only 2'.6” x 5') Our data shows there were 60, 63 and 70 foot versions. This photo taken at Dover handily shows MASB/MGB 8 & 10 whic...
by Admin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 22
Views: 4334

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

Yes I see what you mean. So the MASB only has a wheelhouse with two ‘hatches’ of sorts behind it, and no bridge as such. I can also see someone inside the wheelhouse in the IWM photo of MASB 37.
by Admin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 22
Views: 4334

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

All Coastal Forces craft were controlled from the bridge and from the wheelhouse, but it seems that in operation the bridge was preferred at all times, even in heavy seas, and that is certainly where attacks would have been coordinated from, with radio messages, and later in the war, radar plots, be...
by Admin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Details of Dover Command / HMS Wasp
Replies: 3
Views: 2100

Re: Details of Dover Command / HMS Wasp

Just as an adjunct to this, I'm coming across several references to HMS Lynx , another shore base in Dover. Less seems to be available on this, the best description I have found so far being it was a shore base set in the cliffs at Dover. Lynx was the general Royal Navy base at Dover. According to ...
by Admin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 22
Views: 4334

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

That's very helpful, thank you (and the pictures are brilliant - didn't realise the DD hull planking was so visible). Borrel, I mentioned Portsmouth City Archives above, but what I meant to say was Southampton City Archives, who keep photos relating to British Power Boat, as that is where the compa...
by Admin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 22
Views: 4334

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

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IWM (A 6958): A view of MASB 37 as seen from the bow. The Commanding Officer is seen directing operation from his tiny bridge while the machine gunner is at the ready.
by Admin
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 22
Views: 4334

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

That’s a point, the MASB 27 Restoration Project would be a place to try for information about bridge layout.
by Admin
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 22
Views: 4334

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

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British Power Boat MASB 36
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by Admin
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 22
Views: 4334

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

Hello Borrel The naval historian John Lambert conducted the greatest amount of research on Coastal Forces craft for his books and model plans, but sadly died before publishing anything comprehensive on the British Power Boat designs - at least as far as I am aware. I don’t know if naval historian an...
by Admin
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 675
Replies: 7
Views: 2180

Re: MGB 675

Thanks for the photo of the bell which is showing for me. If you do have any others that you were trying to post but aren’t showing, could you try emailing them to our contact address please.

How did you come by the bell incidentally?

Many Thanks
Admin
by Admin
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RML 526
Replies: 32
Views: 25215

Re: RML 526

I have found the materials I originally saved that detailed the recent history of RML 497. She was released from her service as a ferry in 2007, and then acquired by the Greenway Ferry Company who undertook a £160,000 refit of her, mostly above deck, but also including "two brand new watertight doub...
by Admin
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RML 526
Replies: 32
Views: 25215

Re: RML 526

I can’t claim any more knowledge about this than can be gleaned from references made to these boats over the years on the internet, but as I recall it, Western Lady Ferries operated four Fairmile Bs for many years, which as public service boats, would have received regular maintenance, with more mon...
by Admin
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Bruneval Raid - Op. 'Biting' - Feb 1942
Replies: 5
Views: 1855

Re: Bruneval Raid - Op. 'Biting' - Feb 1942

Thanks Sir, your database is really well made!! I found boats of the names without it that I had and I found others names. But how can be sure that they didn't change of boat after the Raid? I know the French sailor had a form with all assignment by dates, do you know if the same document exists fo...
by Admin
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Bruneval Raid - Op. 'Biting' - Feb 1942
Replies: 5
Views: 1855

Re: Bruneval Raid - Op. 'Biting' - Feb 1942

Hello and thank you for your enquiry. I’ll have a look through such books as I have later for any mention of names you don’t already have, but you could look at our awards database too, using the unit selection for the MGBs mentioned. The London Gazette for 2 October, 1942 contains some of the award...
by Admin
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 24
Views: 5798

Re: MTB 295

It would need a better scan, but the first word could be postumus (last or final) or possum (able) which with the Latin conjunction could give you something like "Able and Willing" or some such. Willing could be any of a number of latin terms ending in 's' – which the sign appears to read – such as ...
by Admin
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 24
Views: 5798

Re: MTB 295

Dear Arjan Thank you for all your efforts in posting all the wonderful photos and documents. There's a lot of material and personnel names there to work on over time. I wonder if the wooden schooner moored next the shore at right in the photo of MTB 226 at Hvar is one of those used by the Special Bo...
by Admin
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 24
Views: 5798

Re: MTB 295

Finally may I query the picture shown of the crew of MTB 295, when usually for a Vosper type boat it was 2 Officers, Cox'n, 3 Engine Room,Torpedoman,Gunner, WT, 2 Seaman, and Radar I think you may be right about that Peter. That particular photo strikes me as more like one taken of an ‘entry class’...
by Admin
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 675
Replies: 7
Views: 2180

Re: MGB 675

You’re welcome. I’d appreciate a good photo of the bell, and any other documentation you may have for our records.

Regards
Admin
by Admin
Wed May 29, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 675
Replies: 7
Views: 2180

Re: MGB 675

Hello Paul Thank you for your enquiry. MGB 675 would have been MTB 675, since all MGBs in Home Waters were redesignated as MTBs mid war. MTB 675 has the following known awards: Temporary Lieutenant Frederick William BRAMWELL (349) RNVR MTB 675 DSC Petty Officer Motor Mechanic Dennis Wallace KNOWELDE...
by Admin
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Command structure within Nore Command
Replies: 8
Views: 6751

Re: Command structure within Nore Command

Message for Admin. I'm the Foynes whom you kindly mention. (The book is in print again, though in need of an update.) Greetings! Yes, I recognised the name immediately and thought what a stroke of luck as I was planning to write to you at the address given in your book. I’ll email you later about a...
by Admin
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 6703

Re: MTB 611 Crew

John, thanks for those. Yes the top one is a Dog Boat, and it is in fact 611, as the number is just visible on the high definition version you sent me, on the bridge just behind the port side twin lewis machine gun bin.
by Admin
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Battle at 12 May 1942
Replies: 9
Views: 4481

Re: Battle at 12 May 1942

Jeroen, I've not been able to come up with much I'm afraid. The Kriegsmarine certainly seem to have listed off the Royal Navy's defensive 'Z' line positions fairly accurately, and the area to their right that has the RB markings appears to accord with the area of the mine barrier. I would imagine th...
by Admin
Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark
Replies: 11
Views: 7571

Re: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark

Archive footage from the East Anglia Film Archive managed by the University of east Anglia Air-sea rescue trials at Great Yarmouth in 1944 This second piece of footage which is in colour shows the RAF air-sea rescue units stationed at Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft, taken by USAFF air crew who go to se...
by Admin
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark
Replies: 11
Views: 7571

Re: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark

Jeremy, the short answer is I don't have that many details of the makeup of ML flotillas, as despite being the most numerous of the type operated by Coastal Forces there isn't hasn't been the same level of attention paid to them in publications to date as the MTBs & MGBs have received. I don't even ...
by Admin
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark
Replies: 11
Views: 7571

Re: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark

Jeremy I have managed to scan some entries from the CFVA newsletters on the subject of the Rescue Motor Launches (RMLs) which provide an insight into the valuable work your father and others performed in the oftentimes very trying conditions of the North Sea. The Exploits and Service of Rescue Motor...
by Admin
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Battle at 12 May 1942
Replies: 9
Views: 4481

Re: Battle at 12 May 1942

Jeroen, my interpretation of the log book is that MGB 67 was engaged by E-boats off the Dutch Coast, just north of The Hague, according to the coordinates given. MLs 100 & 106 are shown as on an operation and were Fairmile ‘A’ minelayers, presumably on a minelaying operation somewhere, with MTBs 14 ...
by Admin
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark
Replies: 11
Views: 7571

Re: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark

Hello Jeremy, and welcome to the forum. The former Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFVA) newsletters contain articles on RMLs, RML 512 for one, and I seem to recall an article about a rescued American aircrew, which I will endeavour to find, although there were, unsurprisingly, a number of such...
by Admin
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Battle at 12 May 1942
Replies: 9
Views: 4481

Re: Battle at 12 May 1942

Hello Jeroen Two possibilities come to mind with regards to R.B.14. First, the Royal Navy operated a grid system for the North Sea which was encoded, so it might be an area of sea, but it could be a misprint also, and may refer to F.B.14, F.B. being one of the designators used for patrol units, usua...
by Admin
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 14th ML Flotilla - ML's 591 and 855
Replies: 12
Views: 5534

Re: 14th ML Flotilla - ML's 591 and 855

No I didn't receive it Keith. Can you give it another go please?

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