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by john r. peake
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RNZN MLs of the 80 and 81 Flotilla
Replies: 2
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Re: RNZN MLs of the 80 and 81 Flotilla

Thanks David,

Dad also served on 1348, now Kuparu.
I saw a video on her recent restoration and hope to see her when next I visit NZ.
These ships have endured remarkably well.
Cheers
John
by john r. peake
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RNZN MLs of the 80 and 81 Flotilla
Replies: 2
Views: 2146

RNZN MLs of the 80 and 81 Flotilla

Hi All, Here's a link to some photos taken at their Renard Sound base in the Solomon Islands in 1944-5. These ships were built in Auckland. Note the ships were repainted in the US Navy colours of light grey/dark grey, as they operated under the US Command. Their primary role was anti submarine expec...
by john r. peake
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Comparison of coastal forces WW2
Replies: 3
Views: 2160

Re: Comparison of coastal forces WW2

Hi All,

please find the link below, let me know if you have any trouble accessing:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m_DNAl ... sp=sharing

Cheers,
John
by john r. peake
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Comparison of coastal forces WW2
Replies: 3
Views: 2160

Comparison of coastal forces WW2

Hi All, Attached is a monologue of a comparison of coastal forces covering MTBs/MGBs and ML types which members might find interesting.I would be glad to receive any feedback/ criticism through the forum. I have based this article after having consumed every book on the subject(I think!) Some of pho...
by john r. peake
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 2126

Re: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

Thank you ..most interesting.V696 sure would have packed a huge punch! The improvisation on V696 reminds me of the stories of many RAN Fairmiles operating with the USN in New Guinea where they traded bottles of whisky for US guns to give them much needed increased hitting power. However, they usuall...
by john r. peake
Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 2126

Re: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

Here's the photo of the the Dogboat in question...I hope it comes through this time.

BTW the RNZN also prefixed their Fairmile Bs and HDMLs with the letter Q. Also the RAN with the HDMLs but the Fairmiles were prefixed ML.
Cheers
John
by john r. peake
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 2126

Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

Hi All , I have recently found this excellent Forum and this my first post.I hope to make further contributions as I am deeply interested in the subject. Loved all the stories of the incredibly brave and resourceful heroes that served. My father served on Fairmile Bs in the Solomons in WW2. Attached...

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