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by piers143
Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 35
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Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

Also aboard on that trip was Captain J W Farquhar DSO who, as Captain of HMS Nith, was Senior Officer Assault Group (SOAG) for "Jig" Sector, the western end of Gold Beach.
by piers143
Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 35
Views: 40044

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

He mentioned it in an e-mail correspondence with my brother about 5 or 6 years ago. If he mentions it elsewhere, I don't know.
by piers143
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 35
Views: 40044

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

Thanks, but he was one of the lucky ones. He died in his bed aged 99, unlike Midshipman Stenhouse and so many others.
by piers143
Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 35
Views: 40044

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

I assume it was in the day time since my father could see a tower at the back of the beach. It seems unlikely that it was illuminated. Is it a definitive answer? The boat just blew up with no warning. My father was insistent it wasn't shell fire and you do tend to notice these things. He was also in...
by piers143
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 35
Views: 40044

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

He was a passenger. On 6th June he was a signals officer on HMS Nith, responsible for landing 231 Brigade on Gold Beach. Some time between then and 23rd June he was attached to the Brigade staff ashore. Whether the trip on 11th June was his transfer or not, I don't know; I suspect that happened earl...
by piers143
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:41 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 35
Views: 40044

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

I think I can answer 3 questions on this.
  • MGB-17 was sunk by a mine.
    One of her tasks that day was to take ashore a young Lieutenant Commander and a case of whisky.
    There were survivors. The young Lieutenant Commander was my father.
I hope this is of some help.

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