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by Admin
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 6
Views: 27

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: 6
Views: 27

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: 6
Views: 6217

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: 6
Views: 27

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: 41
Views: 33043

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: 8
Views: 185

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: 8
Views: 185

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.

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by Admin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 632
Replies: 3
Views: 2796

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: 8
Views: 185

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: 10976

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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by Admin
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: Coastal Motor Boat
Replies: 0
Views: 739

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...
by Admin
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Maurice Illingworth DSM
Replies: 3
Views: 1688

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: 2071

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: 2873

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: 2873

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: 7192

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: 44372

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: 67333

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...
by Admin
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 37641

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...
by Admin
Fri May 29, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Info on my father Fred Holmes
Replies: 3
Views: 1472

Re: Info on my father Fred Holmes

The photograph Roger mentions can be seen in the memoir written by Ken Forrester entitled If I only had known which details his time with the 55th MTB Flotilla.

Mentor II was the Coastal Forces base at Stornoway in the Hebrides.
by Admin
Tue May 26, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 466
Replies: 10
Views: 13462

Re: ML 466

Yes you would need to contact the IWM about the possibility of getting this image digitised. I dont’t know a great deal about this boat other than the basics of its construction as outlined in the boat database , and can only imagine the boat struck a mine left over from sweeping operations in the S...
by Admin
Mon May 25, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 466
Replies: 10
Views: 13462

Re: ML 466

Hello Jeffrey There is an image of ML 466 from the collection of Lieutenant Commander J K Neale DSC RNVR showing ML 466 in the Shetland Islands in June 1943 which forms part of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Collection, although this particular photo has still to be digitised. A digitised photo from ...
by Admin
Mon May 18, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 40mm single bofor
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Re: 40mm single bofor

Hello, and welcome to the forum. Pen & Sword are due to publish British Naval Weapons of World War Two Volume III: Coastal Forces by the late John Lambert, which may include this weapon, else his earlier volumes may, and I assume he must have created plans for sale previously, although only plans fo...
by Admin
Mon May 11, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 15
Views: 6250

Re: MGB 661

Hello Katy Could you send any images you have to us here as well please using our info@cfv.org.uk address. If you have a scanner, could you also scan them at 600dpi, and in colour, even though they will be in black & white, and then saved as TIFF rather than JPEG, which is a better format for archiv...
by Admin
Mon May 11, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 15
Views: 6250

Re: MGB 661

This the photo archive Manxkipper kindly forwarded containing crew photos for MGB 661 and also some photographs presumably from a German PoW, or which may have been left behind in one of the occupied ports Coastal Forces helped to liberate.

Phillip Kennaugh Photo Archive
by Admin
Sat May 02, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Terence Evans in Malta 1945
Replies: 3
Views: 1084

Re: Terence Evans in Malta 1945

Hello L B Thank you for your enquiry and for the photographs. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the uniforms the two gentlemen are wearing, thinking at first they might be Petty Officers, though going by the cap badges, not, yet they don’t seem quite the same as RN Lieutenants, and their jackets a...
by Admin
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 15
Views: 6250

Re: MGB 661

Hello Manxkipper Thank you for joining the forum. Hopefully the earlier poster Katy will be alerted to your post and reply. Could I ask you to get in touch with the web site as well please at the info@cfv.org.uk address with a view to possibly obtaining copies of the resources your family holds on M...
by Admin
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 446
Replies: 5
Views: 1901

Re: ML 446

Hello Bob and welcome to the forum. I am posting the one piece of info I have on ML 466 and would be grateful to receive any information or photographs you may have to add to our archive if you wouldn't mind emailing them to our info@ address. This obituary comes from the Dulwich College Roll of Hon...
by Admin
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 446
Replies: 5
Views: 1901

Re: ML 446

Hello Roger Thank you for your enquiry. I have checked my own resources and also Allied Coastal Forces: Volume 1: Fairmile Designs by John Lambert but have had no luck with this particular launch, though someone else may be in a position to contribute. Just out of interest the Imperial War Museum (I...
by Admin
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Photo of MTB 316
Replies: 6
Views: 6217

Re: Photo of MTB 316

Hello Alex

Welcome to the forum. I have replied to your email address on the subject of the crew photos of MTB 316 your family holds.

Regards
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