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by Admin
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 20
Views: 907

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: 20
Views: 907

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: 3
Views: 317

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: 3
Views: 317

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: 3544

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: 3847

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: 2786

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: 5531

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: 5531

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: 5531

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: 2786

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: 5531

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: 2786

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: 3471

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

No I didn't receive it Keith. Can you give it another go please?
by Admin
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 14th ML Flotilla - ML's 591 and 855
Replies: 12
Views: 3471

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

I think my dear wife found this one after your last post and yes, not cheap, but probably worth it in the long run.

Keith, did you receive the materials from Ken Joyce which I emailed you?

Admin
by Admin
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 14th ML Flotilla - ML's 591 and 855
Replies: 12
Views: 3471

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

Stephen I was trying to email you, but it bounced back. Can you tell me who the copyright holder is on that publication on the 13th & 14th Flotillas? I corresponded with Ken Joyce of ML 269 some years ago and he sent me photocopies of his entries in that booklet, and I'm sure if it belongs to the ve...
by Admin
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: MTB 611 Crew

John, thanks for the latest photos. The first one looks like a guard detail possibly, and the second is taken at Malta and show Control Target boats, which were converted MTB/MGBs. These ones I believe are US built Higgins PT boats which were transferred to the Royal Navy in October 1944. There's wh...
by Admin
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 77
Replies: 7
Views: 2709

Re: MTB 77

Hello Warrior-reearcher Thanks for your enquiry to the forum. Unfortunately I've not been able to turn up any photo on any of the three boats you mention. The only one I know of which you no doubt may have come across is this one on the IWM web site. Len Reynolds' Mediterranean MTBs at War doesn't c...
by Admin
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 14th ML Flotilla - ML's 591 and 855
Replies: 12
Views: 3471

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

hello Keith Thank you for your enquiry about the 14th ML Flotilla. The article you link to provides a very good account. I have materials from Ken Joyce, who served on ML 269, which was a member of the 14th Flotilla, which I will email to you using the contact address you have given. I don't think t...
by Admin
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: MTB 611 Crew

I have managed to add a new section to the web site which in the fullness of time will hopefully contain all the entries from the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association newsletters. The three entries I managed to find which reference MGB/MTB 611 are: MGB 614 The 51st Flotilla Rough Time for MGB ...
by Admin
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: MTB 611 Crew

For is she MTB or MGB I note that the cut outs to enable torpedoes on leaving the tubes to hit the water smoothly are not shown The boat on closer inspection has V letter before its number Hello Peter Yes I'd noticed that. This is one of the early MGBs constructed without the scallops, yet it's bea...
by Admin
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: MTB 611 Crew

John I hope to get those materials on the Dieppe action posted online over the weekend.

Admin
by Admin
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Comparison of coastal forces WW2
Replies: 3
Views: 1414

Re: Comparison of coastal forces WW2

Thanks John, I have managed to download a copy and will read it later.

Admin
by Admin
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Command structure within Nore Command
Replies: 8
Views: 3544

Re: Command structure within Nore Command

Hello Jeroen The command structure of Coastal Forces is a topic which to the best of my knowledge has never really been covered adequately to date, since as you rightly point the emphasis has tended to be one the boats and individual operations of flotillas. Indeed the command structure of Coastal F...
by Admin
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Thanks for the photos. Looking at the group shot I think the younger man standing second left is likely the Motor Mechanic and sporting a Petty Officer’s cap, and the older gentleman next to him, is more likely the Coxwain, who would also have been a Petty Officer, and which makes more sense as a ph...
by Admin
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Comparison of coastal forces WW2
Replies: 3
Views: 1414

Re: Comparison of coastal forces WW2

Hello John

Unfortunately there's no facility within the forum to load pdf documents, as it's only intended for image files. You could post your document on a free online service such as Google Drive and then share it by posting a link for the document within your forum post.

Regards
Admin
by Admin
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Battle at 12 May 1942
Replies: 9
Views: 2786

Re: Battle at 12 May 1942

Hello Jeroen Thank you for your enquiry to the forum. I've not been able to turn up any event so far in that part of the North Sea. If there were Coastal Forces units involved they would have likely come out of HMS Beehive at Felixstowe, and May 1942 is a bit too early for the Dog Boats that later o...
by Admin
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Yes, Lt. Commander A.R.H Nye had earlier been Senior Officer of MGB 312, but in November 1944 was made Senior Officer of a reformed 52nd MTB Flotilla which comprised MGBs 511-518 which were Camper & Nicholson boats originally ordered as gunboats but completed as motor torpedo boats, and new Fairmile...
by Admin
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 3847

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Hello John, and thank you for your enquiry concerning your Uncle, Ernest Edwin Gavaghan. It's possible J. L Barton might have been an officer at the base or else an earlier officer. The February 1944 edition of the Navy List gives Lieutenant-Commander Ian Duff Lyle as the senior officer for the boat...
by Admin
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 250 Crew
Replies: 3
Views: 3685

Re: MTB 250 Crew

Hello Martin, and thank you for the additional information. I have always liked this photo as it is one of the clearest and sharpest we have in our growing archive, so it’s good to put another name to one of the crew. If you have any further information on you father-in-law’s time in Coastal Forces ...

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