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by reinaart
Fri May 24, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: MTB 295

I think I've found two more pics of No.9 Commando during operation Gradient. According to this site the pics show an ML, I'm convinced, however, it's a Vosper and probably the "Mystery" one. http://gallery.commandoveterans.org/cdoGallery/v/units/9/Men+of+No+9+Commando+on+board+a+Royal+Navy++Motor+La...
by reinaart
Fri May 24, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: MTB 295

I think MTB 295 is a strong candidate for the well-known pic of the "Mystery Vosper". At any rate, I'm convinced the Vosper in this photo was a US built one. The stacks of the cowling vents are in the forward position on their housings ,whereas British built Vospers had the stacks at the rear of the...
by reinaart
Thu May 23, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: MTB 295

I take it that a barrage balloon is meant. The Google translation into English is not too bad though, the one from Italian into Dutch is much worse.

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Thu May 23, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: MTB 295

There is quite a bit of info on MTB 295's operational history on this Italian site. I'm afraid you will have to use the Google translation service. I'm sure someone on this board can provide the original English source. http://www.aidmen.it/topic/133-quattro-motosiluranti-della-marina-ex-inglesi-ex-...
by reinaart
Fri May 17, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944
Replies: 1
Views: 517

Re: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944

Some of the pics also show British Coastal Forces craft. This one shows MGB 21, the pic was probably taken at Portland Bill :

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MTB 482, at least if I read the number correctly. I don't know where this pic was taken :

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Arjan
by reinaart
Fri May 03, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944
Replies: 1
Views: 517

US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944

Last year I became interested in the US PT squadrons (especially Ron 34 and Ron 35) stationed in Britain in 1944. Fortunately, there are many photos of these PT boats taken by both US PT Boat crewmen and US war photographers but I wonder if any photos exist made by British sailors or war photographe...
by reinaart
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Breda guns, MTB 61
Replies: 2
Views: 1776

Re: Breda guns, MTB 61

Thanks Peter for your reply. By the way, my 1/35 model of MTB 378 is finally nearing completion (no Breda guns on this model though) :

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Kind regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Breda guns, MTB 61
Replies: 2
Views: 1776

Breda guns, MTB 61

I've made a list of the Vosper MTBs that were fitted with captured Italian 20mm Breda guns at some point in their service history. No doubt there were more, these are the boats known to me : MTB 61, MTB 77, MTB 82, MTB 85, MTB 86, MTB 89, MTB 97, MTB 226, MTB 243, MTB 290 and MTB 298. MTB 61 (a 70 f...
by reinaart
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Vosper 363-378 Annapolis Yacht Yard
Replies: 14
Views: 7714

Re: Vosper 363-378 Annapolis Yacht Yard

Hi, thanks a lot for the interesting photo. I think the photo may be mirrored because the SOE radar mast is on the starboard side whereas these were always on the port side. This particular boat looks more similar to the Jacob's Vospers than to the Annapolis ones in that it seems to have twin Vicker...
by reinaart
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 732
Replies: 3
Views: 4839

Re: MTB 732

Hi welcome aboard . Of course we would love to see your photos !

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 13
Views: 8738

Re: MTB 298

Hi Peter, you are quite right, I jumped at the wrong conclusion. MTB 290 never had an Oerlikon so the Breda gun was not an exchange but rather an addition to its fire power. I failed to read this info carefully, it just says "one 20 mm mount" and the name Oerlikon isn't mentioned. http://www.navsour...
by reinaart
Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 13
Views: 8738

Re: MTB 298

Thanks Peter for the interesting info. On the subject of Breda guns, there's one pic in the IWM archive showing MTB 290 (if I read the number correctly) off Brindisi. It also has a Breda gun on its foredeck : http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib/514/media-514085/large.jpg?action=e&cat=photographs SP...
by reinaart
Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 2" Rocket flare launcher
Replies: 3
Views: 4022

Re: 2" Rocket flare launcher

Once you know what to look for, these rocket storage boxes are indeed easy to recognise. A rescue launch with 2" rocket flares at Den Helder in 1945 :

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Source: Dutch Photo Museum

Arjan
by reinaart
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 2" Rocket flare launcher
Replies: 3
Views: 4022

Re: 2" Rocket flare launcher

Thanks a lot for your extensive reply.

Kind regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 2" Rocket flare launcher
Replies: 3
Views: 4022

2" Rocket flare launcher

I wonder how/when these flares were used. I haven't managed to find much on the internet, I assume they were used to illuminate targets but I would appreciate some further info. Apparently the flare rockets were sometimes stored in a rack on the (port?) side(s) of the wheelhouse : http://media.iwm.o...
by reinaart
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 13
Views: 8738

Re: MTB 298

The "large Flak lighter" mentioned in this wartime activities account turns out to be German Marinefährprahm F 345 : Wartime Activities 30/03/43 Transferred to Royal Navy under lend lease Transported from the United States to the Mediterranean in an LST arriving in Oran, Algeria. Passage through Alg...
by reinaart
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 13
Views: 8738

Re: MTB 298

I think I found some colour footage of MTB 298 (that is, if I read the number correctly) : http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu279/ArjanWiskerke/Annapolis/65675060809_000575_3_zpsqv6i3ss7.jpg Source of the still : http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675060809_United-States-Patrol-Torpedo-boat_shell...
by reinaart
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 377
Replies: 7
Views: 5120

Re: MTB 377

Two pics of American PT boats at Leghorn, the first seems to show the jetty the British officers posed on.

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Arjan
by reinaart
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 10524

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Thanks Peter, a really nice picture. Here are two Jacob's adverts from a wartime American yachting magazine. I like the strange mix of propaganda, patriotism and blatant commercialism which is so typical of these American ads. Pity the images are not clearer : http://i655.photobucket.com/albums/uu27...
by reinaart
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 10524

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Thanks a lot for your interesting contribution Peter, I love the painting of MTB 410. Needless to say, I would appreciate any further pics of or info on the Jacobs Vospers from the 28th MTB Flotilla. On the subject of radar equipment, I don't know if you know the IWM interview with Lieutenant G.P.H....
by reinaart
Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 377
Replies: 7
Views: 5120

Re: MTB 377

Thanks, on closer inspection the number on the right hand Elco MTB does indeed seem to be 315 and not 313 as I assumed earlier. By the way, some time ago I tried to find out which German "Flak Lighters" were actually sunk during operations MTB 378 was involved in. These two German Marinefährpräme we...
by reinaart
Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 377
Replies: 7
Views: 5120

Re: MTB 377

Thanks, the last pic you posted gives the best clues to identify the various vessels. From the right to the left : MTB 420 (78' Higgins), MTB 313 (77' Elco), MTB 400 (Jacobs Vosper with Radar mast on the port side), behind MTB 400 probably MTB 401 (also Jacobs Vosper with Radar mast on the port side...
by reinaart
Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 377
Replies: 7
Views: 5120

Re: MTB 377

Thanks Stephen, I have pored over the two pics with the posing Navy officers but I can't make heads or tails of them. The pics are a bewildering mix of Higgins and Vosper MTBs (perhaps even an Elco 77 footer among these and I'm not really familiar with the anatomy of Higgins and Elco MTBs) and many ...
by reinaart
Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 377
Replies: 7
Views: 5120

MTB 377

I wonder if there are any pics of MTB 377 taken at Bastia or Leghorn. I know that it was present at Leghorn where it accompanied MTB 378 on several missions. I wonder if this IWM pic could possibly show MTB 377 , the Vosper in the background with a twin Oerlikon, a metal band stand and an American r...
by reinaart
Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 10524

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

"the deck stiffening was a mahogany plank 22' long × 12" × ¼" and the gunwale stiffening was 30' × 11" × ⅞" (he still has the sketch)." Interesting, I had wondered about the function of these planks . I know these were standard fittings on later Vospers but I didn't know that these boards had also b...
by reinaart
Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 10524

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Thanks Stephen, you've provided some very interesting info. The lend-lease Vospers of the 16th and 17th MTB Flotilla were apparently built by at least four different American companies : Annapolis, Jacobs, Herreshoff and Harbour Boat so it's probably not correct to assume that Annapolis Vospers were...
by reinaart
Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 10524

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Thanks Stephen, much obliged ! Very interesting details regarding the shortcomings of the boats' construction. Of course the climate conditions in this particular war theater were more extreme than those in the Mediterranean but it makes me wonder if the quality of the lend-lease Vospers made by Jac...
by reinaart
Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 10524

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Thanks a lot for the additional information.

Kind regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 10524

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

This probably explains why there is so little info about this MTB Flotilla (disbanded after only a year and apparently not much action) : "Motor Torpedo Boats (M.T.Bs) In June 1943 three flotillas of Vosper 72 ft. Motor Torpedo Boats were commissioned in Bombay and Calcutta. Later 22 boats of these ...
by reinaart
Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 10524

Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Hi, I'm looking for info on/photos of lend-lease Annapolis Vospers used by the Royal Indian Navy. I found one pic on the IWM site showing MTB 281 and two sister boats. Apparently these MTBs belonged to the 17th Flotilla. For some reason there do not seem to be (m)any pics of these particular vessels...

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