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by Admin
Fri Nov 15, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 357 History Required
Replies: 20
Views: 5446

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: 5446

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: 5446

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: 20846

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: 819

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: 3
Views: 3601

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: 819

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: 819

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: 848

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: 848

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: 1307

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: 5724

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: 5724

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: 5724

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: 2624

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: 5724

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: 5724

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: 5724

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: 5724

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: 5724

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: 2632

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: 27014

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: 27014

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: 2271

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: 2271

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: 26
Views: 7451

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: 26
Views: 7451

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: 26
Views: 7451

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: 2632

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: 2632

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...

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