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Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: identification of base 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 27

Re: identification of base 1944

If it was Dover it would have been HMS Wasp, but the best known elements of that were the pens in the harbour used by Coastal Forces, and the Lord Warden Hotel, whose building still exists, which formed the Officers’ Mess and the general administration centre. I don’t recognise anything shown in the...
by Admin
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Group Portraits
Topic: 14th MGB Flotilla
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Re: 14th MGB Flotilla

Personnel Identifications

Robert Ringham Dawson (second row at far right)
by Admin
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Group Portraits
Topic: 14th MGB Flotilla
Replies: 1
Views: 437

14th MGB Flotilla

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14th MGB Flotilla
The 14th MGB Flotilla was known to have consisted of two divisions based in 1942 at Dover and Portsmouth. It is known to have comprised MGB 322, MGB 324 (SO), MGB 328, MGB 330 at Dover, and MGB 312, MGB 314, MGB 316 (SO), MGB 317 at Portsmouth.
by Admin
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Chief Motor Mechanic Robert Ringham Dawson.
Replies: 2
Views: 727

Re: Chief Motor Mechanic Robert Ringham Dawson.

Hello Cestrianblue Thank you for your interesting enquiry. Your Uncle appears in our awards database, and that entry plus the mention in the London Gazette confirm the service number as correct, so I wonder if that might not be sufficient for the Royal Naval Disclosure Cell. Failing that it might be...
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Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Crew members of ML 575
Replies: 15
Views: 3197

Re: Crew members of ML 575

Alan The second set of photographs are very good, and it's interesting to see shots of the mess deck of a Motor Launch, which is something seldom captured. The photo featuring the railway viaduct ought to be traceable — I don't have a lead on it as yet. The one entitled Unknown location maybe Malta ...
by Admin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Crew members of ML 575
Replies: 15
Views: 3197

Re: Crew members of ML 575

Hello Alan Thank you for the details of your father’s service and for the photographs. The photo of the hotel and the beach titled “Ken on leave somewhere” is the Hotel Excelsior at Venice, on what is the famous beach at Venice. I shall email you about sending you on materials I had scanned for Stev...
by Admin
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: ML 214

I'm glad you found the information useful. If you could try sending the files (a few a time is needs be) to the info@cfv.org.uk address I'd be grateful. If you run into issues with files sizes, and you have a Google Drive, iCloud, or Dropbox account, you could use that, and then email me a link. Admin
by Admin
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 39522

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors to this thread to date. Although the subject was off-topic for this forum, which is dedicated solely to the personnel and boats of Coastal Forces, it has nonetheless proved valuable in bringing an historical oversight to wider atten...
by Admin
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: ML 214

Ken Joyce who served on ML 269 as part of the 14th ML Flotilla in Arakan, followed a similar trajectory from D-Day onwards to that of ML 214, and is shown as being on passage to Aden at the same time as elements of the 34th ML Flotilla, who may even have been sailing together. He corresponded with m...
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Photo of MTB 316
Replies: 8
Views: 7986

Re: Photo of MTB 316

Rod I am just wondering at the crew shots a little as the men appear to be sporting cap tallies in the name of a ship which is not quite clear, though it appears a short one, and the machinery/infrastructure behind the men looks quite large for an MTB, so I suspect these may be from a larger vessel ...
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: ML 214

The Red List for Minor War Vessels Abroad, dated 13th December 1944, gives the 34th ML Flotilla, which are all fitted out as Gunboats, as MLs 187, 189, 193, 194, 214, 230, 245, 907 and 923. MLs 187, 189, 193 & 923 at this point are shown as arrived Aden for O/R to Colombo. 194, 214 & 230 are on pass...
by Admin
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: ML 214

I would say it was undoubtedly part of the landings as it was always been part of the 11th ML Flotilla historically. HDML 1387 which was attached to Force ‘O’ is in fact the preserved Medusa which functioned as a Channel marker. The channels to each beachhead were set someways out and you had to ent...
by Admin
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: ML 214

Here are some items from the former CFVA newsletters which reference the boats of the 11th ML Flotilla . I have not read, nor indeed seen a copy of Searle’s book At Sea Level , which sounds like a useful volume to get hold of. There is obviously some discrepancy with the account Searle gives as Seni...
by Admin
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Photo of MTB 316
Replies: 8
Views: 7986

Re: Photo of MTB 316

Hello Rod

Thank you very much for the photos which will make a useful addition to the archives. Do you by chance have any names to go with the crew member photos?

Regards
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by Admin
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: ML 214

Hello and welcome to the forum ML 214 was part of the 11th ML Flotilla attached to the Western Task Force on D-Day, and Force 'O' which was the American sector and Omaha Beach. The other boats in the flotilla were: 118, 153, 163, 187, 189, 194, 230, 304, 448 and 907. ML 214 was under the command of ...
by Admin
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 39522

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Hello Geoff Thank you for adding to the story which adds more detail to the events of that night. It would appear HMS Javelin would have been the destroyer which took took off survivors. Do you have a copy of the letter your grandfather wrote to Commander Lyons? Also do you know anything more of the...
by Admin
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Crew members of ML 575
Replies: 15
Views: 3197

Re: Crew members of ML 575

If he is not in the photo then he may have left the boat by that time and possibly have been on another in the flotilla, if he was attached to the boats, and not just shore based. Would it be possible for you to scan the photos you have, preferably in colour mode, at 600dpi, and then save them as TI...
by Admin
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Crew members of ML 575
Replies: 15
Views: 3197

Re: Crew members of ML 575

Thanks for the photo Peter.

The nearest one reads 567 but after that I cannot make out any distinguishing mark, though they all appear to have minesweeping gear at the stern and 575 was a minesweeper.

Admin
by Admin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 632
Replies: 3
Views: 3633

Re: MTB 632

Hello Mattpageyarm and welcome to the forum. As it happens we have a good deal of material on the flotilla to which it belonged: the 55th MTB Flotilla, commanded by Lt Cdr Donald Gould Bradford. I was contacted some years back by a family member of the Chief Motor Mechanic of 632, Jack Bowman Sidebo...
by Admin
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Crew members of ML 575
Replies: 15
Views: 3197

Re: Crew members of ML 575

Good Evening Steve and welcome to the forum. HMS Gregale was the Coastal Forces base on Malta, and the CO of ML 575 was a member of the South African Volunteer Naval Force — SANF(V) — named John Norman Barfield. The April 1945 Navy List shows him as Temporary Lieutenant for 575 along with Temporary ...
by Admin
Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 13109

Re: MTB 245

This photo from the IWM collection shows the CO of MTB 245 Douglas Hunt.

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Lieutenant Douglas Hunt MTB 245 (third from left) © IWM A 17971
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: Coastal Motor Boat
Replies: 0
Views: 2058

Coastal Motor Boat

This remarkable footage from the Imperial War Museum (IWM) collection entitled The Home of the Coastal Motor Boat shows the base for Coastal Motor Boats (CMBs) at Osea Island, Essex in the period shortly after the First World War. Osea Island which was home to Coastal Motor Boats, an early anteceden...
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Maurice Illingworth DSM
Replies: 3
Views: 2481

Re: Maurice Illingworth DSM

Hello corkerrys Thank you for the information on Maurice Illingworth. 629 was ordered as an MGB initially but changed to an MTB during construction. This photo is said to be of MTB 629, which after its decommissioning in 1945 became a floating guest house at Penzance until 1950 before a move to Salc...
by Admin
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?
Replies: 6
Views: 3245

Re: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?

Hello MattR I've had a look through the resources I hold but haven't managed to turn up anything. H.K.C. could conceivably have been anyone unconnected with Coastal Forces, and there's no match for a Bill or William amongst those few known members of 245's crew. An interesting item none the less. Ad...
by Admin
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Ken Forrester of Galgate
Replies: 7
Views: 4054

Re: Ken Forrester of Galgate

I was lent a copy in the past and know he spent some time after the war in Glasgow, employed in the fitting out of liners built on the Clyde at Govan.
by Admin
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Ken Forrester of Galgate
Replies: 7
Views: 4054

Re: Ken Forrester of Galgate

The chapters of Ken's autobiography covering his wartime experience may be found within the memoirs section of the web site, but I do not have a scan of the complete book.
by Admin
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Action of MGB 647
Replies: 3
Views: 8073

Re: Action of MGB 647

Hello Linda

Welcome to the forum. There are some images for the crew from this boat in the earlier part of this thread, but I believe these may date from the period after the death of your Great Uncle. I will try to ascertain the dates for the images and get back to you.

Regards
Admin
by Admin
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 35
Views: 48803

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

Hello Morrrm11 MTB and MGB 17 were two distinct boats which were both lost but on different dates. It appears from the mention of D-Day that MGB 17 lost to a mine on 11th June 1944 would be the boat in question. Could you please give us your father’s full name and I could see if I have any details c...
by Admin
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 53
Views: 73202

Re: ML 207

Gray207 Thank you for such a well researched account of the part ML 207 played in minesweeping operations ahead of the D-Day landings. The manoeuvring mid-invasion, and mid-channel at night in the middle of a minefield, was a feat of seamanship made all the more remarkable by the fact these were all...
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Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 40733

Re: MGB 647

Hello Charles Thank you for the photograph of the memento, and what a great name your grandfather had - Ernest Tregilgas! Yet another of the Lancashire contingent! MGB 647 had four casualties recorded at two different times, with three casualties in one incident spoken about above. Our veteran Peter...

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