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by Gray207
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

David, thank you for your post of the oil painting. Aarhus was one of the locations that my father said he visited during his time in Denmark. I have looked at the numbers on the MLs in the painting and I could persuade myself that the ship on the left has 207 painted on its side but, then again, I’...
by Gray207
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

I thought members would be interested to see the Danish newspaper article about ML 207 that was published on 26 June 1945, a few weeks after the ship arrived in Denmark. I’ve managed to obtain a copy from the newspaper and have included the relevant page below. At the time, Extra Bladet, was one of ...
by Gray207
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Peploe , thanks for your post. Yes, my dad always said flotilla was based very close to the statue of the Little Mermaid when it was in Copenhagen. reinaart , thanks for the correction. I have a vague recognition of my father telling me about Den Helder. I think the ML may have called at the port o...
by Gray207
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 34
Views: 19947

Re: ML 206

Richard Thanks for the reply. I already had my father’s service record from when he left the Navy, so have never requested a further copy. I did contact Portsmouth some years back, asking if they had any information about ML 207 but was simply directed to the National Archives. I was also told that ...
by Gray207
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 34
Views: 19947

Re: ML 206

Richard, thank you for this information. It has proven very helpful. The dates generally tally with my own timeline and I’ve been able to tighten up the gap that I had around the Christmas of 1944 – though, as always, more information raises further intriguing questions. Individual ships from the fl...
by Gray207
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: MLs Terneuzen 1945
Replies: 1
Views: 891

Re: MLs Terneuzen 1945

Arjan

Some very interesting images here. I can just imagine the atmosphere of VE day and all the celebrations. Fantastic!
by Gray207
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Arjan Thank you for your posts and research. Well done for solving the mystery of the little boy in the IWM photographs. Actually, when I look at the images again, the fact that the people are in traditional dress does give the game away as regards the photographs being staged. Pity though, it certa...
by Gray207
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

I though members would be interested in a couple of unusual photographs I have relating to ML207. I pretty sure they were taken in Copenhagen but they may also be at Kiel. The lack of damaged buildings in the background certainly points to the former. The first is ML207 in floating dry dock undergoi...
by Gray207
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Arjan Thank you for the research and the latest, very dramatic, photograph of the damaged bridge. First, let me correct the obvious silly mistake in the final paragraph of my previous reply to you. The dates should, of course, have been February 1945 through to Mid-April 1945. My father does not men...
by Gray207
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Peter Thank you for your post and your kind regards. Yes, you and all the crews of, as you say, ‘those little ships’ had tremendous comradeship but much more than that, you all played such a vital role in events - far more than has been given credit for. I just hope I can complete my father’s book t...
by Gray207
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Arjan Thank you so much for you post. It is truly fascinating. I have puzzled over the location shown ML207 by the bridge for some time. There were several possibilities but I just could determine which was correct. As it happens Terneuzen wasn’t top my list so, I am really grateful to you for havin...
by Gray207
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 34
Views: 19947

Re: ML 206

Fascinating photographs Richard. Thank you for posting them. I wonder if you have any idea of the locations and the dates that they were taken? As you may have read elsewhere in the forum, my father was on ML207 during the war and he said that ML206 was the ship they worked closely with. I have a ba...
by Gray207
Sat May 11, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Pennyworth very kindly sent me a CD containing lots of photographs of ML207 together with a recording of her father recounting some of his memories of the ship. As it turned out, my own father has many of the identical photographs in his album. Penny explained that her father recalls that a professi...
by Gray207
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

DonCrouch1 Thank you so much for your private message and my sincere apologies for not replying when you first sent it - I have only just come across the file and could go mad that I missed it until now! I really hope you see this post and that you get in touch again. I have also sent you a private...
by Gray207
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Penny

Thank you for your swift reply, especially as you are in the middle of moving home!

I have sent you a private message with my contact details. Hopefully, you receive it without problem.
by Gray207
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Pennyworth, thank you for the fascinating information regarding your father and my apologies for not replying sooner - It’s been a while since I checked the forum. It was very interesting to read your post and look through your photographs and I was also intrigued to learn of your father’s recollec...
by Gray207
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Peploe , thank you for posting the photograph of the football team. It was great to see it! Though, as you say, it may have nothing to do with the match in Denmark. However, I think I recognise a few of the crew of ML207, which, combined with the letter ‘R’ insignia, suggest that it does. The perso...
by Gray207
Thu May 24, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

My thanks to Brian Knights, Steve Admin and Peploe for their posts relating to ML207 and my sincere apologies for taking so long to reply. It must be some sort of record! I have not posted on the site for a quite a long time. We had a serious house fire around the time of knights6lb's post that, as ...
by Gray207
Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 1st ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 7539

Re: 1st ML Flotilla

When the London Gazette plays up it's always a struggle! In this instance they issued a later correction in a supplement of 29 May, 1945, having apparently printed John Whitfield Armstrong S.A.N.F. (V) in error, instead of J R Armstrong. Thanks for the explanation. I would never have found the reco...
by Gray207
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 1st ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 7539

Re: 1st ML Flotilla

In trying to sort out who is in the original photograph. I came across a web page, posted just three months ago (Nov/Dec 2015), showing the medals awarded to TLt. J.R. Armstrong DSC, RNVR. The commanding officer of ML 450 from 23rd Mar ’43 to at least July 1945 (see link: http://www.collectorsweekly...
by Gray207
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 1st ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 7539

Re: 1st ML Flotilla

I came across a thumbnail image of TLt. J. O. Thomas RNVR, the commander of the 1st ML Flotilla, and ML 222, from September 1944 (see below). TLt. James Owen Thomas RNVR.JPG Although the image is small, it enables his identification in the main photograph of the Officer’s of the 1st ML Flotilla (see...
by Gray207
Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 1st ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 7539

1st ML Flotilla

I thought forum members would be interested in a photograph that I discovered amongst my father’s papers and may be able to identify those within it. It is of the officers of the 1st ML Flotilla (see below). Officers of the 1st ML Flotilla.jpg My father served aboard ML 207 during WW2 and I have a p...
by Gray207
Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Firstly, my thanks for the information regarding ML 207 provided by Brian Holmes. Some of it precedes my father's time with the vessel but I found it fascinating anyway! With regard to Hugh McCusker, I must admit that I would be surprised if he wasn’t on ML 207 during operation Neptune and also duri...
by Gray207
Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

It certainly looks as if Colin Hubbard is ‘Scouse’ - the man my father replaced was also a Stoker. The fact that he came from Southport rather than Liverpool wouldn’t matter. Anyone from the area and with the slightest hint of a Liverpool accent would immediately get the nickname Scouce and, of cour...
by Gray207
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Hi Gray207 I've just realised where I probably heard about the minesweeping in the Seine that I referred to in your thread on ML 207, and that is in part four of the sound recording made by the IWM of William Arthur Gostling as I recognise my own note for ML 206 referenced earlier in this thread, w...
by Gray207
Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

To my amazement, I came across the same Combier Mâcon, postcard (only this time uncoloured) on a French auction site and have put a bid in for it – hopefully I get it. A screen shot of the card is attached. So, we now have 100% confirmation that the location is indeed Courseulles-sur-Mer. Courseulle...
by Gray207
Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 34
Views: 19947

Re: ML 206

My father was on ML206 for most of the war. He was Ernest George Bell. I have many photos taken during the war and have details of where the boat was from 1941 to 1946. Hi R. Bell Your information relating to the location of ML 206 would be of great help to me as part of the research I am undertaki...
by Gray207
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

I think you are correct with Courseulles-sur-Mer as the location. I had looked at this town but couldn’t find a spot within it that seemed to fit. I also convinced myself that there was a church spire in the picture on the front of the postcard - especially when I saw the combination of Hotel Norman...
by Gray207
Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

Hi Admin Thank you for your swift reply. I keep coming across things that, whilst not as good as the ships’ log, are helping to confirm were ML 207 was a different times. Here is one example that I though forum members would find interesting. Following the Normandy Landings, the ML mines weepers wor...
by Gray207
Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

ML 207

My father, John Handley, served on ML 207 during WW2 and over the years he recounted many stories of his time aboard. So much so, I feel I actually know the crew members myself! Back in the 80’s he put pen to paper and wrote down an account of his experiences. His first attempt resulted in a relativ...

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