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by David Carter
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 216

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: 539

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: 539

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: 2460

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: 2460

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: 76
Views: 28674

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: 28
Views: 4501

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: 28
Views: 4501

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: 1737

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: 1737

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: 2774

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: 2774

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: 4334

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: 2023

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: 6666

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: 4316

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: 6666

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: 2289

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: 2010

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: 10572

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: 10572

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: 3242

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...
by David Carter
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 10572

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

Hello Hospers
Thank you for posting these new photos of the ship in a rather sorry state. What information do you need? I have a hatch cover for the ship languishing in my garden. Please contact me on cdcarter263@hotmail.com for further details. David Carter
by David Carter
Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 92
Views: 31441

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Thanks Admin for that explanation. ML's were not only used as direction guides at D-Day. Some were fitted with radar in the Mediterranean a year earlier and were so used in Operation Husky and Salerno. The operator who told me this - the late Dennis Blow - said that the equipment was similar to that...
by David Carter
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Meeting on HMS Belfast 16 October 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 1784

Meeting on HMS Belfast 16 October 2016

A reminder that the next meeting of London Branch will be Sunday 16 October at approx 10.30. Members and readers of this forum are most welcome. A warning for those who come by car - Tower Bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for repairs. This means that other crossings in the area - London a...
by David Carter
Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: An interesting development?
Replies: 10
Views: 3885

Re: An interesting development?

Thanks Steve for this very useful map. You might like to add that MASB 32 is in Norfolk and there is an Air-Sea Rescue Launch in Southern Spain.
David C.
by David Carter
Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 208
Replies: 9
Views: 6666

Re: MTB 208

We're celebrating this boat's 75th birthday this weekend. I attach photos of the boat - under restoration - with its proud owner James. The beer-can was given to James's grandfather who served on board HMS Vanguard during the Royal visit to Australia. mtb-208-restoration-august-2016-8.jpg mtb-208-re...
by David Carter
Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: HMS President
Replies: 0
Views: 1726

HMS President

Readers might like to see this article from Forces TV. There is a strong possibility that HMS President, currently at Chatham, may be scrapped. She is one of only three surviving WW1 ships and the training base for London RNVR, until the new "concrete ship" was opened in St Katherine's Dock. Many of...
by David Carter
Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Free French 23rd MTB flotilla
Replies: 1
Views: 1643

Re: Free French 23rd MTB flotilla

Herve

Welcome to the website. Thank you for posting the Free French badge.
by David Carter
Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 208
Replies: 9
Views: 6666

MTB 208

MTB 208 Our member James Battison is restoring MTB 208 at Port Hampton - the site of the Thorneycroft works. It is 75 years since she was originally launched, so James has invited CFVA members to visit on 12th August. If you come by car, there is a car park on the Lower Sunbury Road; if you travel b...

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