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by Stephen
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 91
Views: 23310

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

Quite a late reply to this thread, but on Twitter this morning, a Dutch user posted this image. I'm afraid that there isn't sufficient detail at this resolution to read the names, but it looks a lot like the grave marker (down to the position of the writing) posted a few pages earlier on this thread...
by Stephen
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 83
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: MTB 83

Hi David, I'm afraid that if her log isn't at Kew, then it probably doesn't survive. Large numbers of Coastal Forces logs, and even those of much larger ships, were simply disposed of. I saw a frightening statistic the other day that when the War Office were organising their records for deposition, ...
by Stephen
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406

Apologies for my delayed reply - I was away much of the last week. Although Reynolds' book are out of print, you can find Mediterranean MTBs at War on ebay for about £25 right now and Dog Boats at War for as little as £7.40. I'd recommend them both. The third book in Reynolds' series, Home Waters MT...
by Stephen
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 2085

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

I've had a good rummage in my research guidance and online, but unfortunately I've drawn a blank on these. I do wonder though - the number for nationality seems extraordinarily high for a 'code' of some sort, even if that nationality were Ireland. The same goes for rank or rating. Of course, cause o...
by Stephen
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406

Hi Simon and welcome to the forum. I'm sure that Admin can help out with your queries with the branches better than I, but I can perhaps recommend some more reading material for you. All three vessels you list above get some mention in the works of Leonard Reynolds. Operations involving 84 and 406 a...
by Stephen
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 83
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: MTB 83

Hi David, Very brief reply as I'm on my way out. You might find this tweet thread of interest, as only a few weeks ago someone brought MTB 85 to my attention, adopted at the same time. When I have a bit more time, I'll see what I can find in my books on MTB 83's service. https://twitter.com/SeaSpitf...
by Stephen
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 2085

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

That spelling makes sense, good spot. And Stoomloodsvaartuig no. 4 gives us this: https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/2021650/memorix_7c14f71d_ffdf_1684_1e5e_e3bf60e7f9c2.html and this: https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/2021650/memorix_b628b57a_d78e_755d_c8a1_4b013b85026c.html and thes...
by Stephen
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 2085

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

Good research! My only observation is that my reading of the annotation in red is that it says "unable to verify whether S/S or M/V", ie. steam ship or motor vessel.
by Stephen
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 2085

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

Quite strangely, I cannot find a record for this name in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission anywhere, despite them including Merchant Seaman and even civilians. I notice in the bottom right corner a small inscription in red saying "Not to be included in the R.O.H. pers Mr. Prater." I suspect thi...
by Stephen
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 2085

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

You're very welcome Sid. Best of luck.
Steve
by Stephen
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 2085

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

Sorry, forgot to add, Whitley doesn't mention the Dutch name/connection. But a few other sources do. This website for instance names the other vessels involved: http://worldwartwodaily.filminspector.c ... china.html
by Stephen
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 28
Views: 2085

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

Hi Sid, I think this must be Stroomloodsvartuig 4 , also called Pilot Boat 4 , a Dutch/British (apparently) cutter that had the misfortune to be chanced upon by three German destroyers south of Cornwall on the night of the 28th. The German destroyers Lody , Galster and Beitzen sailed from Brest in t...
by Stephen
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark
Replies: 2
Views: 2388

Re: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark

I'm afraid I can't offer much assistance. As far as I'm aware, there were no commando raids on Denmark during the war, nor were there any submarine pens there. The only commando raids I know of in August 1944 were in France, largely to support Normandy operations. If there were a raid on a significa...
by Stephen
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2
Replies: 2
Views: 1424

Re: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2

There's a much better quality version, stabilised and without the time scroll, available here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG6wV_ABdD8

Most of this appears to have been filmed at Weymouth, as a substitute for the North Sea.

Steve
by Stephen
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 710
Replies: 7
Views: 2953

Re: MTB 710

Hello Gareth,
If you haven't already seen it, there';s a short piece that the admin of this website put together here: http://cfv.org.uk/research/history/arti ... of-mtb-710
Regards,
Steve

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