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by Stephen
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Douglas Reeman, 15/10/1924 - 23/01/2017
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Douglas Reeman, 15/10/1924 - 23/01/2017

The prolific author of maritime fiction Douglas Reeman (sometimes known as Alexander Kent) died last week on the 23rd January. During the Second World War, after serving in destroyers, he transferred to Coastal Forces and served in the Mediterranean and then in home waters. He was first lieutenant o...
by Stephen
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

Much as Clarkson can be quite irritating, his three war documentaries have been quite good. The one most relevant to this thread is The Greatest Raid of all Time, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXusKM5uX0s . I'm currently putting together a page on various film depictions ...
by Stephen
Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

Hi everyone,

I'm fascinated by the growth of this thread and the story of 916. I shall most definitely try and find something at The National Archives when I'm there.

Kevin, I've sent you a private message, which you should be able to access from the menu bar, top right.

Cheers,
Steve
by Stephen
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

Hi Stuart, For my own part, I work for a charity called Maritime Archaeology Trust. My principle day job currently involves studying 1,100 First World War wrecks along the south coast of England, but previous projects and work have covered D-Day (on both sides of the Channel), Landing Craft, protect...
by Stephen
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

Some lovely pictures there Stuart. I'm not sure of the significance of HDML 1010 in your father's story, but I can tell you that it was built as Anderson Rigden & Perkins in Whitstable and completed in May 1941. It looks like the photo may show it nearing the end of its construction, although I can'...
by Stephen
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Dennis George Bodman MTB 681
Replies: 10
Views: 3795

Re: Dennis George Bodman MTB 681

Hi Kieth, welcome to the forum. Glad to see you here as well as on Facebook. You've already seen these, but for everyone else's benefit (and I hope some of the early contributors do return), here are the two pages relating to this event in the Coastal Forces Log for June 1944 (The National Archives,...
by Stephen
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

There's a good deal of information about this in Charts and Surveys in Peace and War: The History of the RN Hydrographic Service by Rear Admiral R O Morris. The service was separate to Coastal Forces, but did employ some HDMLs which were re-designated SML (Survey Motor Launch). There's a list of the...
by Stephen
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

No idea who these guys are. Don't think they are officer training as there seem to be a lot of ratings present. Any ideas? My father is second row third from right, not looking at the camera. Thanks again Stuart Hi Stuart, The white cap bands suggest that these are candidates for training for an of...
by Stephen
Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: MGB 81 and HSL 102
Replies: 0
Views: 191

MGB 81 and HSL 102

For info, MGB 81 and RAF High Speed Launch 102 will be opened to the public on the 11th and 12th March, at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. There are plans to have some period reenactors on site as well.
Steve
by Stephen
Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

Wow, that's some fascinating stuff Admin, I'm afraid I've nothing to rival it! But I thought you might find this interesting Stuart. If you scroll down to 1082 you'll find your father's name again, along with a small bit of information about the boat's movement, plus the apparent date he moved to 91...
by Stephen
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 33
Views: 1531

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

Yep, but unfortunately, I can't find these four boats in any of the Force G allocations I've looked in (and I've researched Gold Beach forces thoroughly in the past for previous projects!).
by Stephen
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

Hi Stuart, No problem at all. I have heard of Job, largely through the Ian Flemming connection, although I confess not to have read his book (I think it's more like 25 years old now!). He was on board a Fairmile ML in May and June 1942 in Orkney. As your father appears to have been on an HDML since ...
by Stephen
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 33
Views: 1531

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

Hi everyone, I'm afraid I only had limited success at Kew last week. As I'd already started to suspect, MGB 17 didn't appear in the Coastal Forces reports for D-Day. However, I think I may have identified the set that it may fall within, although I didn't have time to begin going through them (there...
by Stephen
Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 85
Views: 2943

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

Hi all, That's some fascinating information Stuart, thanks for adding to the overall picture. In reply to your query, there are some lists that match officers to boats (but not entire crews). The Navy List gives the appointments of officers on all HM ships and were issued quarterly (I think). They'r...
by Stephen
Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 730
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: MTB 730

Hi Ian, No problem at all. I've just looked as bit further into the book that I drew some of the information about construction from earlier; Allied Coastal Forces of World War II Volume 1: Fairmile Designs & US Submarine Chasers by John Lambert & Al Ross (1990, Conway Maritime Press). Unsurprisingl...

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