Search found 329 matches

Go to advanced search

by Admin
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Battle at 12 May 1942
Replies: 9
Views: 973

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: 3607

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: 3607

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: 3607

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: 973

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: 3607

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: 973

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: 1337

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: 1337

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: 1337

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: 13
Views: 1384

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: 4
Views: 843

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: 1337

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: 13
Views: 1384

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: 13
Views: 1384

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: 13
Views: 1384

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: 484

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: 4
Views: 812

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: 13
Views: 1384

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: 484

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: 973

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: 13
Views: 1384

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: 13
Views: 1384

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: 2
Views: 2639

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 ...
by Admin
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

MTBs led out the minesweepers to protect them, with a shallower draft ML minesweeper clearing a path initially for the larger minesweepers. Dan Layers then laid buoys to mark out the ten channels that would lead directly to the landing beaches for each of the invasion forces, while HDMLs stood watch...
by Admin
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

mtb-696-01.jpg Crew of MTB 696.jpg John, your photo still didn't load but I managed to find this one instead. Geoffrey Hudson, the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFVA) historian wrote on the subject of 696's unusual armament in a volume of the CFVA's newsletter, and got a reply in the ...
by Admin
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

I’ve found, on a BBC WW2 Peoples War website the recollections of Lt Rouse although it is slightly confusing as he refers to both ML197 in the main body of the document, but ML23 in the final paragraph! I'm fairly certain in talking in that piece about X23, the midget submarine that lay off the 'S'...
by Admin
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

Hello PParker and thank you for your enquiry to the forum. I'll try and post more details later if I can find any but just to answer your questions quickly. Navigational Leaders were MLs fitted with a special latticed mast abaft the bridge, after their funnels had been removed for the purpose. The m...
by Admin
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

Hello John and welcome to the forum. Could you have another go at attaching your image please as it doesn’t appear to have been saved by the system. The ‘V’ you refer to was the flag superior allotted to MTBs but never used that often seemingly. It’s possible that D-Day and the need for standard rec...
by Admin
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 10
Views: 5551

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

Good luck with your research Tony, and if I turn up any specific reminiscence of 116 or the 2nd ML Flotilla I’ll pass it on. If you have any crew photos you could pass on we’d be grateful to receive them.

Go to advanced search

cron