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by reinaart
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Leghorn (Livorno)
Replies: 2
Views: 715

Re: Leghorn (Livorno)

Hi, the pic you posted definitely shows the Fortezza Vecchia (old fort) in Livorno (Leghorn). Compare these pics : https://i.imgur.com/Al4i64f.jpg https://i.imgur.com/D66XCbN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xVeiGUd.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YLP489P.jpg Needless to say I would be interested to see the pics of ...
by reinaart
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 13019

Re: MTB 245

To correct my mistake, the last photo I posted does show a Vosper after all .

Arjan
by reinaart
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?
Replies: 6
Views: 3190

Re: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?

Nice to see you have found the answer to your main question !

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 13019

Re: MTB 245

I think MTB 245's forward Oerlikon guard probably had splinter mattresses on the inside and a spray cover on the outer side. Photo doesn't show a Vosper :

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Arjan
by reinaart
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 13019

Re: MTB 245

You're welcome Matt . I have been wondering about the canvas guard around the Oerlikon. It was probably anti shrapnel padding rather than a simple spray screen but I'm not sure. A clear example of the padding used on a Vosper MTB :

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Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 13019

Re: MTB 245

The vessel I marked with a red dot might also be MTB 245. At any rate, she has the same distinguishing features : - Single 20mm Oerlikon gun on the fore deck with what appears to be a canvas spray screen. - Carley float attached to the port side of the pilot house. https://i.imgur.com/4gphylK.jpg ht...
by reinaart
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 13019

Re: MTB 245

Two photos showing MTB 245, or part of the vessel, can be found here :

http://www.rodericktimms.royalnavy.co.u ... hotos.html

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Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: RN 20mm Ready-Use Ammunition Lockers
Replies: 1
Views: 1957

Re: RN 20mm Ready-Use Ammunition Lockers

Hi, the best I can do is give you the measurements of one of my 3d printed 1/35 scale ones (bought at Shapeways).

Height : 22 mm ( excluding the feet)
Length : 24 mm
Width : 17 mm

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 6099

Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Thanks Kevin ! In the pdf file (Chapter 6) you sent me Don Bradford gives an account of Operation Premium (he commanded MTB 682 during this operation). Source combinedops.com : "Operation Premium Date commenced: Sunday, February 27, 1944 Units: 10 Commando A raid on the Dutch coast near Wassenaar on...
by reinaart
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 6099

Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Apparently MTB 621's plaque was sold on ebay earlier this year :

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By the way, I wonder if anyone knows which MTBs were involved in the Normandy Tarbrush operations ?

Arjan
by reinaart
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 6099

Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Thanks for your input ! Looks like MTB 621 is in the background of this photo (quite an elaborate camo pattern) : https://media.iwm.org.uk/ciim5/453/24/mid_000000.jpg?action=e&cat=Photographs BRITISH MTB'S SHOOT UP NAZI CONVOY. 11 MARCH 1943, YARMOUTH, BRITISH LIGHT NAVAL FORCES ATTACKED AN ENEMY CO...
by reinaart
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944
Replies: 6
Views: 6099

MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

In "Battle for Antwerp" J.L. Moulton provides an interesting account of one of the lesser known MTB actions :

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Arjan
by reinaart
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 53
Views: 72910

Re: ML 207

The midget sub was of the "Seehund" type
I have to rectify my mistake here, the midget sub is actually a "Molch" (Salamander). Quite a few of these were also found in the Dutch town of Den Helder after the liberation in 1945.

Arjan
by reinaart
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 81 Presentation Plaque
Replies: 2
Views: 4876

Re: MTB 81 Presentation Plaque

Hi, I take it that by now you have managed to get a copy of the "Mediterranean MTBs at war" book. The book should provide the info you are looking for and it also has a pic of MTB 81. There is also another pic of MTB 81 on the internet but I haven't managed to find more than these two. I wonder if y...
by reinaart
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

This morning Rod sent me a pic of the builder's plaque, this is an extremely rare artifact (I'm pretty sure it's the only surviving one of its type) : https://i.imgur.com/goPQ3Ok.jpg MTB 295 can be found in this list (February 1943): http://www.shipbuildinghistory.com/shipyards/yachtsmall/jacob.htm ...
by reinaart
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944
Replies: 5
Views: 7493

Re: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944

Thanks for your response David. I know the IWM Bastia pics you mention and to me it seems the boats in the background are all RN MTB's (mostly of the Vosper type). These boats do not seem to have the US SO radar masts : https://media.iwm.org.uk/ciim5/516/295/mid_000000.jpg?action=e&cat=Photographs T...
by reinaart
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944
Replies: 5
Views: 7493

Re: US PT Boats stationed in Britain in 1944

PT 515 unloaded at Glasgow, I take it this pic shows a floating crane on the river Clyde ?

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Arjan
by reinaart
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

Hi Kevin, I think the third word starts with "vo". Perhaps the words read : possumus et voluntas. I don't know anything about Latin so I could be wrong. This would indeed translate into something like "willing and able".

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

The bridge plaque of MTB 295 has survived :

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I wonder what the text says.

Arjan
by reinaart
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

On second thought, "Bone" probably refers to Bône, the old French name for the town in Algeria which is now called Annaba (to the east of Algiers).

Arjan
by reinaart
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

This morning Rod sent me some interesting documents relating to the various operations MTB 295 was involved in. I take it that the abbreviation "Bone" refers to Bonifacio on Corsica. June-Nov 1943: https://i.imgur.com/wceF4rz.jpg Jan-Aug 1944 https://i.imgur.com/UWDg4Je.jpg Operation Valona Bay Sept...
by reinaart
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

Thanks for your kind words. Of course I'm always willing to help if I can, so feel free to send me an email. I doubt if I can help with the Hvar schooner though .

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

Rod has confirmed my assumption about the Breda gun. He pointed me to an interesting diary entry made by his father : "June 17th. A hell of a time trying to commission the MTBs. These MTBs are new from America, they are not so bad - usual American quick type of work- unfinished- still we have now ma...
by reinaart
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

By the way, judging from the various pics of MTB 295 I'm pretty sure she also had a captured Italian 20mm Breda gun rather than an Oerlikon.

Arjan
by reinaart
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

Leave Rome March 1945 : https://i.imgur.com/MNwRHRE.jpg Mess deck MTB : https://i.imgur.com/O2OjeQA.jpg MTB 48 : https://i.imgur.com/pbij0xS.jpg MTB 60 : https://i.imgur.com/QWsxVnx.jpg MTB 84 LT DUKE DUNOLAY : https://i.imgur.com/oYTRfiP.jpg MTBS 295 298 289 : https://i.imgur.com/NjWu1px.jpg MTB 29...
by reinaart
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: MLs Terneuzen 1945
Replies: 1
Views: 3694

MLs Terneuzen 1945

The following pics were made in May 1945, some show boats decked out in bunting to celebrate VE-Day. Depicted are ML 1391 and ML 1409. The depot ship is probably HMS Ambitious. https://i.imgur.com/Pk9x3LH.jpg https://i.imgur.com/gKd8Ulb.jpg https://i.imgur.com/HSYwX7b.jpg https://i.imgur.com/k6IprFg...
by reinaart
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 53
Views: 72910

Re: ML 207

Today I had a chat with someone from Terneuzen's historical society. Apparently the two IWM pics of the "Dutch folk" in local costume were staged ..... The photographer had asked some random volunteers to dress up in the local costume of the Terneuzen region. My acquaintance even knew all the names ...
by reinaart
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

Good morning gentlemen, you are quite right. Rod told me this morning the pic actually shows his dad's group in training, probably at Portsmouth 1942. I can imagine these pics do stir some memories Peter. Some more pics : Crew member Malta : https://i.imgur.com/dKffYdZ.jpg Preparations for Albania r...
by reinaart
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

MTB 295, 290 and 287 escort surrendered Italian Navy vessels to Malta : https://i.imgur.com/V1HLaXp.jpg MTB 289 under way : https://i.imgur.com/nalUBDL.jpg MTB 371, 374 and 295 : https://i.imgur.com/3uzW6Tk.jpg Partisans and MTB crew : https://i.imgur.com/wg8JKVc.jpg https://i.imgur.com/VkVnqRB.jpg ...
by reinaart
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 21170

Re: MTB 295

Some more pics Rod sent me. One I forgot to post last time, it shows MTB 295 : https://i.imgur.com/KPTL6ym.jpg Photo showing the crew of MTB 295 with signatures. Perhaps someone can provide a full list of the names : https://i.imgur.com/mmkZRRA.jpg https://i.imgur.com/8609bH9.jpg Lt. Amiers RANVR : ...

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