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by Admin
Sat Jan 22, 2022 9:50 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 13
Views: 25239

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

Hello Terry

Thank you for your helpful confirmation of this crew photo as that of ML 116. I have just placed a reply on your early thread on ML 116 itself.

Regards
Admin
by Admin
Sat Jan 22, 2022 9:47 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 116
Replies: 2
Views: 10523

Re: ML 116

Hello Terry

I am just picking up on this thread after your recent contribution to the thread on Bernard Trueman.

I have this photo in my records which derives from the US Archives showing ML 116 in the background.

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PT 504 rescues survivors of USS Rich off Normandy, 8 June, 1944 (@ USN Archives NH 44313
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by Admin
Tue Jan 11, 2022 1:29 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Operation Postage Able - "ML 205 and ML 190"
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Operation Postage Able - "ML 205 and ML 190"

Hello again Roger. Apologies for the delayed response but I had other work to catch up on. Thank you very much for all the additional information. If the operational orders are in pdf format could you possibly sent me a copy of it for future reference? Regarding ML 190 : were the 14th ML Flotilla an...
by Admin
Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:30 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: P8044, a Vosper Type II MTB
Replies: 6
Views: 964

Re: P8044, a Vosper Type II MTB

Rachel I have looked at John Lambert's Allied Coastal Forces Vol II: Vosper MTBs and Us Elcos , and he does have a drawing of CTB 44, which I assume would have been the basis for one of his boat-building plans, if it is still available. The book has a basic side-on view, and shows an upturned dinghy...
by Admin
Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:08 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Crew photo - P8044 - Malta
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Crew photo - P8044 - Malta

Rachel Just to give you an update. I wasn't able to find any names of possible crew from among the former members of the CFVA. John Lambert gives this boat as a Vosper 73' Type II, ordered in 1943, but only completed in 1947 as a Control Target Boat (CTB 44). I haven't been able to find any referenc...
by Admin
Wed Dec 29, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Crew photo - P8044 - Malta
Replies: 3
Views: 819

Re: Crew photo - P8044 - Malta

Rachel

Thank you for the great crew photo. I will check the records I have for membership of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFVA), when I get the opportunity, to see if it records any named person(s) and get back to you.

Regards
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by Admin
Wed Dec 29, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: P8044, a Vosper Type II MTB
Replies: 6
Views: 964

Re: P8044, a Vosper Type II MTB

Rachel Thank you for your enquiry. I am currently away from home, and have had to extend my time away so have not had the opportunity to consult the literature I have. I wonder if the model was originally made from a plan by the late John Lambert, who also produced a very good volume on the Vosper b...
by Admin
Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Operation Postage Able - "ML 205 and ML 190"
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Operation Postage Able - "ML 205 and ML 190"

Hello Rob Thank you for your enquiry. I am currently away from home so do not have full access to my research materials. The configuration of ‘short’ MTB flotillas can be found in Home Waters MTBs & MGBs by Len Reynolds, and I have some lists of the ML flotillas when I can access them. The Battl...
by Admin
Mon Dec 27, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 357 History Required
Replies: 31
Views: 36784

Re: ML 357 History Required

Mark

Congratulations on a well put together web site. It will prove a useful addition to the history of Coastal Forces on the web.

Admin
by Admin
Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HDML 1392 12" model
Replies: 8
Views: 17203

Re: HDML 1392 12" model

I could send you a photo of the cabinet but cannot see a way of doing this here.
When you post a reply in the forum, you will see a tab below the text window marked ‘Attachments’, and selecting that will show an option ‘Add files’ which may be used to post an image file.

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by Admin
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Victor Ernest Robinson MTB 639
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: Victor Ernest Robinson MTB 639

Did you recognise your Uncle in the the crew photograph?
by Admin
Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Victor Ernest Robinson MTB 639
Replies: 4
Views: 979

Re: Victor Ernest Robinson MTB 639

Hello Alastair, and welcome to the forum MTB 639 belonged to the 32nd MTB Flotilla, and there is information on 639 and other boats in the flotilla in other threads in the forum which I list below. The official Admiralty listing of vessels lost at sea during the Second World War gives attack by airc...
by Admin
Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 9th MTB Flotilla
Replies: 1
Views: 1708

Re: 9th MTB Flotilla

These images supplied by Jacques Bartels are of 'blood' flags for the Dutch 9th MTB Flotilla, one of which is held by the Royal Netherlands Naval Museum at Den Helder. It is thought the graphics and number possible depict statistics for the flotilla. There are 10 ships, separated into two sections o...
by Admin
Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 9th MTB Flotilla
Replies: 1
Views: 1708

9th MTB Flotilla

The 9th MTB Flotilla, MTBs 201, 202, 203, 204, 229, 231, 235, 236 & 240 was initially a part Dutch, part Royal Navy flotilla, but became entirely Dutch crewed by 1943. The flotilla was based at Dover (Wasp) and Dartmouth (Cicala) Boat Types: MTB 201 = White 27.11.41 MTB 202 = White 12.01.42 MTB ...
by Admin
Tue Nov 02, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 19
Views: 8355

Re: ML 119

You’re welcome Ian. If I come across anything more that’s specific to your father’s boats, I’ll add it to the thread.

Admin
by Admin
Mon Nov 01, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 19
Views: 8355

Re: ML 119

I neglected to include links for these relevant resources already on the web site in case they haven’t already been seen.

MLs versus E-Boats

Navigational MLs on D-Day

11th ML Flotilla

11th ML Flotilla 1944-1845
by Admin
Sun Oct 31, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 19
Views: 8355

Re: ML 119

Thanks Ian I notice the addition of torpedo tubes which must date from around the summer of 1940 when some MLs were equipped with tubes from old American destroyers I believe to serve in a defensive capacity while the threat of possible invasion — Operation Sealion — was at its height. I just did a ...
by Admin
Thu Oct 28, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 19
Views: 8355

Re: ML 119

Hello again Ian I would say the navigational MLs would still have required a telegraphist as the signals would have been in encoded morse. In fact it's possible they carried two, with a signaller as well, since they would have formed vital communications hubs. The December 1944 Red List gives the 11...
by Admin
Tue Oct 26, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Gordon Beckett
Replies: 2
Views: 965

Re: Gordon Beckett

Hello Shipwright and welcome to the forum. I'm afraid I haven't been able to turn up much so far. He does not appear in our awards database which could have provided a boat number, nor have I found any reference to his having joined the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFVA), which are th...
by Admin
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 19
Views: 8355

Re: ML 119

Hello Ian Thank you for the additional information. Here is the summation of what I've managed to find thus far. ML 147 A Mc Ward is shown as in command in the October 1943 Navy List with Lt Cdr D W S Arnaud in command in April 1944. He also took command of ML 164 later, so the crew photo I have fro...
by Admin
Sun Oct 24, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Norwegian 'Dog' Boats and their crews at Lerwick
Replies: 0
Views: 857

Norwegian 'Dog' Boats and their crews at Lerwick

This interesting film produced in 1973 and set against a backdrop of the then contemporary deployment of MTBs by the Norwegian Navy, traces the use of the motor torpedo boat by the Sjøforsvaret and the work of the Norwegian Coastal Forces units based at Lerwick during the Second World War. Although ...
by Admin
Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 19
Views: 8355

Re: ML 119

Hello Ian Welcome back to the forum and thank you for your father's service details, and for the photograph of the crew. I will conduct some research over the weekend, and put together some notes. I have some related resources for some of the boats mentioned which I think you'll find interesting. Re...
by Admin
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 632
Replies: 8
Views: 12502

Re: MTB 632

Paul That’s a very interesting plaque, and fairly unique I would imagine. I wonder if Bill McCann might have been a signwriter by trade prior to the war? Crew member Ken Forrester we know all about as he was a distant member of London Branch for many years, and we have an extract from his autobiogra...
by Admin
Sun Sep 05, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 578
Replies: 1
Views: 1115

Re: ML 578

The only information I have managed to find on the boat is that it formed part of the 28th ML Flotilla, along with MLs 232, 295, 307, 341 & 483. The flotilla was based at Alexandria (December 1944), and tasked with minesweeping and anti-submarine duties.
by Admin
Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: General Data Protection Regulation
Replies: 1
Views: 11817

Re: General Data Protection Regulation

Dear Forum Members In a long overdue update of the forum I have implemented the use of ‘cookies' to enable compliance with GDPR regulations within the EU, or in the case of the UK, compliance with legislation still in effect. This now allows for the reinstatement of notifications on forum threads yo...
by Admin
Mon Aug 30, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 632
Replies: 8
Views: 12502

Re: MTB 632

Hello Paul Thank you for your enquiry. Could you confirm if Bill Mccann was your grandfather, or someone else, and if so, whether your grandfather was a member of crew. I will contact you via email, if you don’t mind, about getting a good quality photo of the plaque, and arrange to pass on resources...
by Admin
Wed Aug 11, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: George Leslie Edwards
Replies: 3
Views: 8017

Re: George Leslie Edwards

Katrina I am sorry to hear the Birmingham Nautical RNA have disposed of your Dad's medals and glassware, which is a very wrong thing to have done with a bequest! I believe it is possible to apply to have medals replaced, but that is not the same as having the originals, and the other items are irrep...
by Admin
Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML in Falmouth
Replies: 10
Views: 7017

Re: ML in Falmouth

There were a number of Warrigton-Smythes involved in Helford. Oddly enough I’ve just been reading about them. I happen to have a small publication by Landfall Publications entitled Operation Cornwall 1940-1944: The Fal, the Helford and D-Day . It states part of the original SOE contingent on the He...
by Admin
Fri Jul 30, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 22
Views: 25436

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Graham

Thank you for the photo. That is one book I don't have so I will have to look out for a copy. I have conducted a thorough search of everything I have, and have looked online in the IWM etc, but have not managed to find anything at all.

Admin
by Admin
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML in Falmouth
Replies: 10
Views: 7017

Re: ML in Falmouth

Roger It appears HMY Kiloran was an armed yacht, and I have managed to unearth this image, which seems on the face of it to be Kiloran functioning as a ferry at Torquay, so I wonder if this is the Kilora n, then that means any Fairmile B would only have been Kiloran II and up? kiloran-at-torquay.jpg...

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