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by Admin
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MGB 606
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: MGB 606

Welcome to the forum nosey I've not been able to confirm from the resources I hold whether your father was a member of this boat's crew but I have dug out the crew photo of MGB 606 we have and cleaned it up slightly and created a crop of the right hand side for a slightly better view. The photo belo...
by Admin
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Fairmile 'C' Gunboats
Replies: 4
Views: 449

Fairmile 'C' Gunboats

This remarkable footage shows aerial scenes of Hastings Beach, Sussex and offshore on 4 June 1942, as Commandos returned from Operation Bristle , the raid on St Cecily Plage, Le Touquet. In fly pasts conducted by a low flying Anson aircraft there are numerous closeups of a Coastal Forces flotilla of...
by Admin
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 60th MGB Flotilla
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: 60th MGB Flotilla

Hello again Richard I have looked at the material I already have digitised and unfortunately it wasn't Bourne I had information on but Blount, another of the Dog Boat commanders in the Mediterranean on MTB 634. That said, there is a lot of material on the 60th MTB Flotilla in Dog Boats at War by Len...
by Admin
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Telegraphist Frank West
Replies: 0
Views: 296

Telegraphist Frank West

Coastal Forces veteran Frank West (CFVA 891) has died at his nursing home in York on Christmas Day 2019. He served as Telegraphist onboard MTB 479 which was completed in May 1944 and formed part of the 30th MTB Flotilla along with MTBs 471-477 and 480. Elements of the flotilla are known to have been...
by Admin
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 60th MGB Flotilla
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: 60th MGB Flotilla

Hello Richard Thank for your post and welcome to the forum. The London Gazette as you have found seldom holds much information on individual awards, but I know papers relating to award citations for Coastal Forces are held at the Public Records Office (PRO) at Kew, but cannot say if the PRO has the ...
by Admin
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 665 Fate of the Crew
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: MTB 665 Fate of the Crew

Hello Colditz Thank you for your enquiry and welcome to the forum. Have you seen Dog Boats at War by Len Reynolds at all, as there is a fair bit of information about the sinking and capture by two of the crew, Peter Thompson and 665’s Telegraphist, Ronald Harrison. If not, I will contact you with th...
by Admin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 263
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

Re: ML 263

Can anyone explain why alongside ML 263 it also says: Attack, Hornet, Edinburgh Castle? Good Evening Rebecca HMS Attack was a Coastal Forces shore base at Portland, whilst HMS Hornet was the principal Coastal Forces base at Gosport. Edinburgh Castle was a former liner used as a floating base in the...
by Admin
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 357 History Required
Replies: 20
Views: 9184

Re: ML 357 History Required

Thank you for your research thus far Stuart, which I will look at later, and for the sight of your grandad’s service record, which makes sense now. Collingwood would have been basic training, Excellent at Whale Island, Portsmouth for gunnery training which he would have been selected for and then st...
by Admin
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 357 History Required
Replies: 20
Views: 9184

Re: ML 357 History Required

Rescue Motor Launch This photo shows the square structure characteristic of an RML used to shelter airmen recovered from the water which I believe is what your photo shows too. Depending on the length of service, most Coastal Forces personnel who joined early on in the war could serve on two or mor...
by Admin
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 357 History Required
Replies: 20
Views: 9184

Re: ML 357 History Required

Hello Stuart Thanks for your post and for the photo. Just to add to the mystery slightly, I note the presence of the large square looking structure behind your grandfather which doesn’t look like the front or rear of the bridge of a standard Fairmile ‘B’. The photo appears to be taken from the stern...
by Admin
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 326 and MTB 761
Replies: 18
Views: 23912

Re: MGB 326 and MTB 761

Hello AAF MGB 326 was lost off Normandy on the 28th June, and MGB 17 earlier than that on the 11th. It could well be that if another member of crew from 326 transferred to 761, that your father did likewise. The only recourse open to you if you do not have your father’s service record on parchment w...
by Admin
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 2194

Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

That's a good find Arjan. I can't imagine there would have been too many boats involved in this activity as the crews involved would need to know the ropes. MTB 621 was part of Don Bradford's 55th MTB Flotilla who was in the photo of the officers coming ashore, and he performed drop offs on the Dutc...
by Admin
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 263
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

Re: ML 263

Hello Rebecca Thank you for your enquiry regarding ML 263 which was part of the 17th ML Flotilla, comprising MLs 242, 256, 261, 263, 265, 266, 272 & 274. Naval History web site has some of the movements at various times for the motor launches in West Africa including this entry for 7 August, 1941 I ...
by Admin
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 2194

Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

I wonder if this particular camo pattern was especially used for MTBs earmarked for land based (covert) operations. MTB 295 and MTB 297 had a similar pattern. Yes that could very well be the case. It bears similarity to the kind of pattern seen on some of the Mediterranean based Vospers that were u...
by Admin
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 2194

Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Dear Arjan Thank you for the interesting info on clandestine ops in the Scheldt in the run up to the invasion of Walcheren. This difficult operation was all the more dangerous for the fact the area was heavily mined, including the use of acoustic mines. Incidentally, the awards database shows the bo...
by Admin
Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Goon / Ursula suits
Replies: 3
Views: 2144

Re: Goon / Ursula suits

Yes it doubtless refers to someone ‘looking like a goon’ when wearing one.
by Admin
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Goon / Ursula suits
Replies: 3
Views: 2144

Re: Goon / Ursula suits

There is a reference to the Ursula suit on the internet which was apparently manufactured by Barbour. I have this photo given to me by the Mercer family of a crewman on one of the early MGBs which appears to be a one piece waterproof, but I cannot say if this was standard issue or is the Goon suit m...
by Admin
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Signalman Lewis Hale, JX/165696
Replies: 1
Views: 2476

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: 24
Views: 9627

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: 24
Views: 9627

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: 24
Views: 9627

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: 3697

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: 24
Views: 9627

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: 24
Views: 9627

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: 24
Views: 9627

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: 24
Views: 9627

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: 24
Views: 9627

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: 3782

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: 30319

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...
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Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RML 526
Replies: 32
Views: 30319

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...

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