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by David Carter
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944

Arjan - Re your enquiry about pictures of PT boats in the Mediterranean, some were used in Operation Brassard - the assault on Elba, which was a combined force of RN, USN, French and French Colonian (Moroccan & Algerian) troops operating from Bastia, Corsica. The lead boats were MLs, MTBs and PTs (o...
by David Carter
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 34
Views: 15318

Re: ML 206

Richard Thank you for posting these photographs - most interesting. David Carter
by David Carter
Thu May 16, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: MTB 282 Model
Replies: 1
Views: 652

Re: MTB 282 Model

Hi Dave Thanks for this post. I can think of some good homes, depending on where you live. I guess it is quite delicate and would need careful transport. There are some RN and coastal forces museums and London Branch could make good use of it at a boat show in July. Let me know where you are, and I ...
by David Carter
Sun May 12, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 269
Replies: 24
Views: 15202

Re: ML 269

Hello David Fry. I have sent you an e-mail a couple of days ago asking for your address, so that I can send you a newsletter and other information. If you haven't received it, let me know and I'll try again. Regards David Carter
by David Carter
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 269
Replies: 24
Views: 15202

Re: ML 269

Hello David I am glad to hear your father-in-law is active and well. The London Branch of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association still meets regularly on HMS Belfast. Many of them were born in 1924 as well. We would be delighted if he would like to join us. Even if he cannot get to HMS Belfast, we ...
by David Carter
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 357 History Required
Replies: 12
Views: 2529

Re: ML 357 History Required

Peter I don't know where you or your father live, but the London Branch of the CFVA is still going strong and we are meeting next Sunday on HMS Belfast, where we will be showing a film about the restoration of RML 497. Many of our members do not live in London, but we keep in touch by newsletter etc...
by David Carter
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RNZN MLs of the 80 and 81 Flotilla
Replies: 2
Views: 1445

Re: RNZN MLs of the 80 and 81 Flotilla

John
Thank you for the photos. Any NZ readers might like to know that there are two privately restored HDMLs operating. Look on Facebook for Paiea and Kuparu.
Regards
David C.
by David Carter
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Command structure within Nore Command
Replies: 8
Views: 3661

Re: Command structure within Nore Command

Although not Nore Command, since Peter has mentioned the Mediterranean, readers might like to see the Command Structure as in Summer 1944 particularly as applied to West of Italy: Naval Organisation in Corsica during 1944 – Copied from file ADM/199/2424 Commander in Chief, Mediterranean Central Medi...
by David Carter
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 1808

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

Re the enquiry about navigational leaders, you might like to look at Medusa's website: www.hmsmedusa.org.uk as this launch was a navigational leader for Omaha Beach. It is still fitted with asdic etc. and operates from Gosport.
by David Carter
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753
Replies: 6
Views: 2071

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

Hi Andrea

I've heard back from the Parr family with a very helpful list of family names. It's possible there could be a connection but not definite.

If you would send your e-mail address to me, I'll forward it to you. I'm at xxx


Kind regards

David Carter (CFVA Secretary)
by David Carter
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753
Replies: 6
Views: 2071

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

Dear Andrea
Thank you for contacting us. May I ask, is your grandfather related to the family of Parrs who operate boats on the Thames from Kingston?
Regards
David Carter (Secretary)
by David Carter
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406
Replies: 10
Views: 5891

Re: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406

Hello Simon We shall be on HMS Belfast on Sunday for Remembrance Day. The service starts about 10.30. Unfortunately the Chairman will not be there due to ill health. The other veteran from Vis will be at HMS Hornet in Gosport. You are welcome to join us then, or at our next Branch meeting, also on H...
by David Carter
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406
Replies: 10
Views: 5891

Re: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406

Dear Simon and Steve. In answer to your question "are any Branches still active?" I am happy to reply that London Branch meets regularly on HMS Belfast. We shall be there this coming weekend. We are open not just to veterans, but to their families, so you would be most welcome to join us. We have a ...
by David Carter
Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 39821

Re: MGB 658

Hello Maureen Welcome to this website. If you would like to post the pictures of your father, it might bring back memories of some of the readers. David Carter (Branch Secretary)
by David Carter
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 31
Views: 10361

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

Syd That fits in - the RNR were generally merchant seamen who could be co-opted into the RN. The RNVR were civilians who had volunteered to train in the event of hostilities. The rather rude description was that the RNR were sailors trying to be gentlemen, the RNVR were gentlemen trying to be sailor...
by David Carter
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 31
Views: 10361

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

Ernst Dienst, my friend in Holland has sent me these links which tell the story of transferring the gold to UK: http://www.zuidfront-holland1940.nl/index.php?page=hoek-van-holland-2 https://www.rijnmond.nl/nieuws/141024/De-vergeten-goudstaven-in-de-Nieuwe-Waterweg They are in Dutch, but if you click...
by David Carter
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Petty Officer Sydney Scott - MGB 657
Replies: 4
Views: 3001

Re: Petty Officer Sydney Scott - MGB 657

Thank you John. I have written to Mr Scott.
by David Carter
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Petty Officer Sydney Scott - MGB 657
Replies: 4
Views: 3001

Re: Petty Officer Sydney Scott - MGB 657

Hello John Thank you for your post. The information we have on MGB 657 is that it was: Fairmile 115' D-Type Motor Gun Boat Builder's Yard: Woodnutt, Bembridge, Isle of Wight Completion: 9th February 1943 Loss or Disposal: 12th September 1944 Notes: MGB 657 was deemed a Constructive Total Loss (CTL) ...
by David Carter
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: HMML 916
Replies: 8
Views: 5994

Re: HMML 916

Geoffrey Our database says: ML 916 Fairmile 112' B-Type Motor Launch Builder's Yard: William Weatherhead, Cockenzie, UK Completion: 16th September 1944 Loss or Disposal: 8th November 1944 Notes: ML 916 was mined off the Dutch coast on 8 November 1944. ML 916 was part of the 19th Minesweeping ML Flot...
by David Carter
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: HMML 916
Replies: 8
Views: 5994

Re: HMML 916

Dear Geoffrey
Thank you for joining this forum. By all means, please post o photo of your great-uncle. There are several veterans left who read this forum, one might recognise him.
Kind regards
David Carter (Secretary)
by David Carter
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird
Replies: 7
Views: 5827

Re: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird

Dear Sam Woods Thank you for news of your grandfather. A group of coastal forces veterans, including Peter who knew him, meet on HMS Belfast. Our next meeting is on Sunday 15th April at 11.00. You would be welcome to join us. Just let me know as I am arranging catering. Kind regards David Carter (Br...
by David Carter
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 3rd/25th ML Flotillas
Replies: 2
Views: 3040

Re: 3rd/25th ML Flotillas

David Thank you for this enquiry. I do not know the answer to the copyright issues, but if it is your own work - albeit copying letters from your father - I would not have thought any objection. Some of the pictures we have used on this site are from IWM, from whom we sought permission and credited ...
by David Carter
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 208
Replies: 9
Views: 8815

Re: MTB 208

Thanks Ayaan

I've passed that to James Battison.

Regards

David Carter
by David Carter
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure
Replies: 5
Views: 7019

Re: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure

Hello David Welcome to our website. I was admiring your model railway layout, I'm also a member of a model engineering society, so have an interest in these things. Unfortunately our best historian passed away last year, but I hope someone with better knowledge than me can help you. When it comes to...
by David Carter
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 208
Replies: 9
Views: 8815

Re: MTB 208

Hello Ayaan

I've left a message on James's answerphone about your enquiry. Can you give me your contact details, please. David Carter (Secretary)
by David Carter
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: AGM on 14 January 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 2972

AGM on 14 January 2018

Our CFVA London Branch AGM will be Sunday 14th January on HMS Belfast. We will be in the Wardroom, time 11.00, but if you can be there earlier, we can start promptly. We have a guest speaker Captain Trevor Robotham RN to talk about the new RN Museum. We hope to see you there. David Carter (Secretary)
by David Carter
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 144
Replies: 2
Views: 2981

Re: ML 144

Hello Roger All we know about ML144 is: ML 144 Fairmile 112' B-Type Motor Launch Builder's Yard: Dorset Yacht Company, Hamworthy Completion: 12th November 1940 Loss or Disposal: 22nd September 1941 Notes: ML 144 was mined in the English Channel on 22 September 1941. We don't have a record of MGB 144...
by David Carter
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 12780

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

That sounds fun = Holland is very cycle friendly!
by David Carter
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 12780

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

Stephen

Will you be travelling to Holland by car? If so, I have a hatch cover for a HDML to be taken there. David C
by David Carter
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 338
Replies: 4
Views: 4601

Re: ML 338

Hello David Thank you for your enquiry. My father commanded ML1301, which he sailed in a convoy to Malta, then was involved with the landings in Sicily and Salerno, did harbour defence work etc in Naples, then based in Maddelana and Bastia. Unfortunately killed during the assault on Elba. I have pho...

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