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Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 77
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: MTB 77

Hello Warrior-reearcher Thanks for your enquiry to the forum. Unfortunately I've not been able to turn up any photo on any of the three boats you mention. The only one I know of which you no doubt may have come across is this one on the IWM web site. Len Reynolds' Mediterranean MTBs at War doesn't c...
by Admin
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 14th ML Flotilla - ML's 591 and 855
Replies: 3
Views: 13

Re: 14th ML Flotilla - ML's 591 and 855

hello Keith Thank you for your enquiry about the 14th ML Flotilla. The article you link to provides a very good account. I have materials from Ken Joyce, who served on ML 269, which was a member of the 14th Flotilla, which I will email to you using the contact address you have given. I don't think t...
by Admin
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: MTB 611 Crew

I have managed to add a new section to the web site which in the fullness of time will hopefully contain all the entries from the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association newsletters. The three entries I managed to find which reference MGB/MTB 611 are: MGB 614 The 51st Flotilla Rough Time for MGB ...
by Admin
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: MTB 611 Crew

For is she MTB or MGB I note that the cut outs to enable torpedoes on leaving the tubes to hit the water smoothly are not shown The boat on closer inspection has V letter before its number Hello Peter Yes I'd noticed that. This is one of the early MGBs constructed without the scallops, yet it's bea...
by Admin
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: MTB 611 Crew

John I hope to get those materials on the Dieppe action posted online over the weekend.

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by Admin
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Comparison of coastal forces WW2
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: Comparison of coastal forces WW2

Thanks John, I have managed to download a copy and will read it later.

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by Admin
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Command structure within Nore Command
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Command structure within Nore Command

Hello Jeroen The command structure of Coastal Forces is a topic which to the best of my knowledge has never really been covered adequately to date, since as you rightly point the emphasis has tended to be one the boats and individual operations of flotillas. Indeed the command structure of Coastal F...
by Admin
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Thanks for the photos. Looking at the group shot I think the younger man standing second left is likely the Motor Mechanic and sporting a Petty Officer’s cap, and the older gentleman next to him, is more likely the Coxwain, who would also have been a Petty Officer, and which makes more sense as a ph...
by Admin
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Comparison of coastal forces WW2
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: Comparison of coastal forces WW2

Hello John

Unfortunately there's no facility within the forum to load pdf documents, as it's only intended for image files. You could post your document on a free online service such as Google Drive and then share it by posting a link for the document within your forum post.

Regards
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by Admin
Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Battle at 12 May 1942
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Battle at 12 May 1942

Hello Jeroen Thank you for your enquiry to the forum. I've not been able to turn up any event so far in that part of the North Sea. If there were Coastal Forces units involved they would have likely come out of HMS Beehive at Felixstowe, and May 1942 is a bit too early for the Dog Boats that later o...
by Admin
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Yes, Lt. Commander A.R.H Nye had earlier been Senior Officer of MGB 312, but in November 1944 was made Senior Officer of a reformed 52nd MTB Flotilla which comprised MGBs 511-518 which were Camper & Nicholson boats originally ordered as gunboats but completed as motor torpedo boats, and new Fairmile...
by Admin
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 10
Views: 190

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Hello John, and thank you for your enquiry concerning your Uncle, Ernest Edwin Gavaghan. It's possible J. L Barton might have been an officer at the base or else an earlier officer. The February 1944 edition of the Navy List gives Lieutenant-Commander Ian Duff Lyle as the senior officer for the boat...
by Admin
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 250 Crew
Replies: 2
Views: 2260

Re: MTB 250 Crew

Hello Martin, and thank you for the additional information. I have always liked this photo as it is one of the clearest and sharpest we have in our growing archive, so it’s good to put another name to one of the crew. If you have any further information on you father-in-law’s time in Coastal Forces ...
by Admin
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

MTBs led out the minesweepers to protect them, with a shallower draft ML minesweeper clearing a path initially for the larger minesweepers. Dan Layers then laid buoys to mark out the ten channels that would lead directly to the landing beaches for each of the invasion forces, while HDMLs stood watch...
by Admin
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

mtb-696-01.jpg Crew of MTB 696.jpg John, your photo still didn't load but I managed to find this one instead. Geoffrey Hudson, the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFVA) historian wrote on the subject of 696's unusual armament in a volume of the CFVA's newsletter, and got a reply in the ...
by Admin
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

I’ve found, on a BBC WW2 Peoples War website the recollections of Lt Rouse although it is slightly confusing as he refers to both ML197 in the main body of the document, but ML23 in the final paragraph! I'm fairly certain in talking in that piece about X23, the midget submarine that lay off the 'S'...
by Admin
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

Hello PParker and thank you for your enquiry to the forum. I'll try and post more details later if I can find any but just to answer your questions quickly. Navigational Leaders were MLs fitted with a special latticed mast abaft the bridge, after their funnels had been removed for the purpose. The m...
by Admin
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

Hello John and welcome to the forum. Could you have another go at attaching your image please as it doesn’t appear to have been saved by the system. The ‘V’ you refer to was the flag superior allotted to MTBs but never used that often seemingly. It’s possible that D-Day and the need for standard rec...
by Admin
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 10
Views: 4804

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

Good luck with your research Tony, and if I turn up any specific reminiscence of 116 or the 2nd ML Flotilla I’ll pass it on. If you have any crew photos you could pass on we’d be grateful to receive them.
by Admin
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 10
Views: 4804

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

Hello Tony The movements of minor war vessels are contained in the Admiralty's Red Lists , but I'm not sure if they are all that informative, merely listing which port the boats for a particular flotilla are working out of for a given month. The Naval History site has some pages were you can see ins...
by Admin
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 10
Views: 4804

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

The 2nd ML Flotilla was based at Plymouth during Operation Neptune and comprised MLs 112, 113, 114, 116, 117, 119, 120, 171 & 491, with 116 (Albone) & 117 (MacDonald) attached to the 14th Minesweeping Flotilla . The 14th MSF was attached to Force U which was assigned to Utah Beach in the American se...
by Admin
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Len Couzens PJX 361160
Replies: 0
Views: 152

Len Couzens PJX 361160

London Branch has learned of the death of Len Couzens, aged 94, at his home in Bradford. Len served on MGB 324, which formed part of the First Coastal Forces Flotilla, engaged in clandestine operations off the shores of occupied France. He is survived by his widow Pat & family, to whom we send our c...
by Admin
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753

The 14th MGB Flotilla was by officers who were every bit as experienced and whose later service in Coastal Forces was similarly distinguished. Unusually, the flotilla operated in two separate divisions — one at Hornet in Portsmouth and the other from Wasp at Dover. Later, the Hornet based division ...
by Admin
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753

Hello Andrea and welcome to the forum. There is some information on MGB 326 in Secret Flotillas Vol. I: Clandestine Sea Operations to Brittany, 1940-1944 by Brooks Richards, and some brief information on the 1st Coastal Forces Flotilla in Dog Boats at War by Len Reynolds. In addition there is a good...
by Admin
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: HMML 916
Replies: 8
Views: 2743

Re: HMML 916

Hello Marcus

I have a photo of Dan Curtis and will be in touch shortly.

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by Admin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Photo of MTB 316
Replies: 2
Views: 606

Re: Photo of MTB 316

pt-26-possibly-mtb-316.jpg This photo from the Elco Naval Division Archive on Gene Kirkland's PT King web site shows PT 26 at the back, far right of picture. Gene King describes the photo thus: This photograph shows 77 and 70-foot boats on the same assembly line. PT 23 is in the left foreground, wh...
by Admin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: Centenary of Remembrance 1918–2018
Replies: 0
Views: 1723

Centenary of Remembrance 1918–2018

The home page of the web site is currently displaying the names of all casualties for Coastal Forces during the Second World War, and the period after, and in this the centenary year of Armistice Day, we also recall the sacrifices made by our relatives during the First World War.
by Admin
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Anniversary of Ml 916 sinking
Replies: 1
Views: 1031

Re: Anniversary of Ml 916 sinking

The Coastal Forces Veterans web site is grateful for the assistance of the many veterans, and relatives of those who served, who have contacted the site over the years and provided photographs, documents and information to share with others, and without whom this site would not be the success it is....
by Admin
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: HMS 447 FL
Replies: 1
Views: 641

Re: HMS 447 FL

Hello Grapen25 and welcome to the forum.

I suspect the reference to 447 is more likely a landing craft of that number, or else a Landing Craft Flotilla. This document on the Royal Marines Museum web site contains a reference to a 447th LCP Ancillary Flotilla.
by Admin
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 4402

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

It transpires that there are three Royal Naval casualties from Patrol Vessel 4 recorded by the CWGC for the 29th November, including two officers: Royal Navy Personnel Lieutenant (E) George Percival Harding Aged 58 Lieutenant Reginald Henry Whiteley Aged 49 Ordinary Seaman John Caleb Mitchell (MiD) ...

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