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Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 6
Views: 1585

Re: ML 119

His signals board book was printed in 1937. He could only have joined up in 1941 when he was 18 Thanks for the clarification. It was a question about medals from family that started this research. Depending on whether he saw any overseas service, they would likely be the standard war medals awarded...
by Admin
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 6
Views: 1585

Re: ML 119

Hello again Ian If your father joined in 1937 then he would have been Regular Navy as opposed to Hostilities Only personnel, and may have joined up for twelve years?? A lot will depend on precise timeframes for his various postings, so if you do not have his copy of service record which would have b...
by Admin
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 6
Views: 1585

Re: ML 119

Hello Ian Thank you for your enquiry concerning your father Harold Sylvester. The December 1981 edition of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association newsletter shows him as a new member, with the membership number of 799. The brief details of his service supplied show him as having served with ...
by Admin
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: ML 482 and MGB/MTB 613
Replies: 1
Views: 1563

Re: ML 482 and MGB/MTB 613

Hello David

Thank you for the kind offer of the photos. You can post the using your login and creating a new reply and using the Attachments tab below the text input window. If you need further assistance just give me a shout

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by Admin
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Herreshoff MTBs 287-294
Replies: 4
Views: 2970

Re: Herreshoff MTBs 287-294

Thanks much for the detailed information. For MTB 291-294 with service in the Royal Indian Navy, they are listed as having gone back to the USN in March 46 and then to the "State Department Foreign Liquidation Commission" in 1948 I am not aware of the eventual fate of these specific boats...
by Admin
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: PO Clarence Cuthbert KEEM C/JX607977 DSM
Replies: 2
Views: 1944

Re: PO Clarence Cuthbert KEEM C/JX607977 DSM

Hello David Thank you for your enquiry concerning your grandfather Clarence Cuthbert Keem. I believe I have managed to track down some information which may be of interest, including a strong candidate for the action for which he may have been awarded his earlier DSM. The October 1943 Navy List list...
by Admin
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 149 / ML(A) 3 and ML 919 information
Replies: 8
Views: 14389

Re: ML 149 / ML(A) 3 and ML 919 information

Hello and welcome to the forum. Thank you for the photos of your grandfather. To answer your question about his service record, all the ships shown are shore bases, as was the case for all Coastal Forces personnel. Collingwood is the basic training camp at Fareham Drake was the main barracks Plymout...
by Admin
Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Group Portraits
Topic: MTB 5009 and MTB 5007
Replies: 1
Views: 3295

Re: MTB 5009 and MTB 5007

Crew Identification MTB 5009 George Heard sixth row, third from the right Sam Stewart third row, fifth from left Wilfred Watkins third row, third from left Ken LeVoi third row, sixth from left MTB 5007 Donald Milner third row, seventh from left (later BBC India correspondent) Jimmy Whiffer ? third ...
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Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Group Portraits
Topic: MTB 5009 and MTB 5007
Replies: 1
Views: 3295

MTB 5009 and MTB 5007

Crew of MTB 5009.jpg
Crews of MTB 5009 and MTB 5007 (@ Watkins)
by Admin
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 5009 crew photos
Replies: 2
Views: 1811

Re: MTB 5009 crew photos

Hello Kieron Welcome to the forum. I corresponded with you earlier and forgot to get back to you about the photos I held which I am posting here. These were passed to me by the family of Wilfred 'Wolf' Watkins RNVR, who was Navigating Officer on 5009 based in Lowestoft (HMS Mantis). The shot of the ...
by Admin
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 12th MTB Flotilla (MTBs 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 345)
Replies: 3
Views: 2520

Re: 12th MTB Flotilla (MTBs 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 345)

Hello Warrior and thank you for your enquiry. I will look through my sources later for any information I may have on the 12th MTB Flotilla. What I would say, is that the thing which came to my mind on reading about the depth charge attacks on anti-torpedo booms, was the plan devised by Sub-Lieutenan...
by Admin
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Help Needed !
Replies: 7
Views: 6057

Re: Help Needed !

Do you have your father's service record details at all? 663 was actually an MGB forming part of the 56th MGB/MTB Flotilla in the Mediterranean, under the command of a Canadian, Lt T E Ladner, who was part of a famous trio of Canadians along with Lt Cdr J D Maitland as Senior Officer of the flotilla...
by Admin
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Help Needed !
Replies: 7
Views: 6057

Re: Help Needed !

Hello Nick Welcome to the forum and thank you for the portrait of your father. I am fairly certain the cap ribbon reads HMTB, it’s just that the bottom part of the letter ‘B’ is slightly occluded by the angle of the shot and what looks like a shallow ridge at the bottom of the cap, which the ribbon ...
by Admin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 440
Replies: 7
Views: 12624

Re: MTB 440

Hello Debwilki Welcome to the forum and thank you for your two images. I believe the certificate reads MTB 442 and these two photographs from the Imperial War Museum collection showing the surrender by Rear Admiral Karl Bruning which took place at HMS Beehive, Felixstowe on 13 May 1945, feature MTB ...
by Admin
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Poole Belle
Replies: 3
Views: 2617

Re: Poole Belle

Just a thought; since Poole Belle had a previous name, Anzio & Dunkirk may have had too, and those names might be contained in the pamphlet I have, should you be able to source any additional information via the Lloyds register or some such.
by Admin
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Poole Belle
Replies: 3
Views: 2617

Re: Poole Belle

Hello Roger Warships Supplement 59 gives Matapan , sold in 1948 as ML 180. There are quite a few names for launches disposed of in the booklet, both 'B' type and Harbour Defence, but I have not been able to pick up on Anzio or Dunkirk . ML 180 is recorded as being part of the 10th ML Flotilla based ...
by Admin
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 17
Views: 26515

Re: MTB 298

I have a some some photos of this and a number of pictures showing the crew, fitting engines amongst other things as well names of the crew of 226. If thatvis any use to anyone please element me know and I can post them. Hello Michael Thank you for your post and for your kind offer of photos you ha...
by Admin
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: identification of base 1944
Replies: 15
Views: 7135

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: 4407

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: 4407

14th MGB Flotilla

14th M.G.B. Flotilla.JPG
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: 3577

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...
by Admin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Crew members of ML 575
Replies: 15
Views: 9074

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: 9074

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: 8091

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: 53097

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: 8091

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: 13072

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 ...
by Admin
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 11
Views: 8091

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...
by Admin
Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 214
Replies: 11
Views: 8091

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: 8091

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...

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