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by jpfoynes
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Command structure within Nore Command
Replies: 8
Views: 5391

Re: Command structure within Nore Command

Many thanks on both counts. My book, by the way, has Appendix on P.377 showing all the Nore Cmd Coastal Force bases (and names). When Harwich (or Felixstowe), Yarmouth, Lowestoft (and later Humber and Sheerness) were given CF flotillas they were given new shore bases and these took new names. So: Fe...
by jpfoynes
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Command structure within Nore Command
Replies: 8
Views: 5391

Re: Command structure within Nore Command

Message for Admin. I'm the Foynes whom you kindly mention. (The book is in print again, though in need of an update.) Coastal Forces had operational flotillas within the Nore Cmd at Felixstowe, Yarmouth, Lowestoft and for some of the time Sheerness and Grimsby. Kekewich was based at Portland, then N...
by jpfoynes
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 763 & 770 ... action 23 Feb, 1945
Replies: 5
Views: 5574

Re: MTB 763 & 770 ... action 23 Feb, 1945

If still interested, I have some notes and photos of the "Combattante" sinking given me by one of her survivors, Rear-Admiral (then Lt) Jacques Zang, of the French Navy. I did also correspond with Mr Maquis, though he his letters wouldn't add to your contributions so far. The destroyer's captain, Pe...
by jpfoynes
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Brightlingsea
Replies: 0
Views: 1078

Brightlingsea

I wrote a number of naval history books several years ago which relate to Coastal Forces on the East Coast. I am planning to revise these, and am also helping a local museum build up their collection of wartime naval photos etc. I'd be very interested to hear from anyone whose father, brother etc jo...
by jpfoynes
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Ordinary Telegraphist Alfred Reginald GILL (MGB 318)
Replies: 5
Views: 6577

Re: Ordinary Telegraphist Alfred Reginald GILL (MGB 318)

Very interesting account of this unusual MGB. My father helped build her at Aldous Successors, Brightlingsea, in 1941. Do you, by any chance, have any photo, letter or other memento which relates to her earliest days (i.e, between launching at B'sea and leaving that harbour after fitting out, doing ...
by jpfoynes
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 606 and MTB 684
Replies: 7
Views: 6032

Re: MGB 606 and MTB 684

A very informative and interesting account of those MGBs' "careers". I've been researching and writing about Coastal Forces matters for many years, the interest having been sparked by my late father helping build several of their craft at East Coast shipyards (1940-44). Since I'm planning to revise ...
by jpfoynes
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Motor Launches 120 & 149
Replies: 7
Views: 6294

Re: Motor Launches 120 & 149

Brightlingsea Museum and I have 2 other photos of ML 120, just after her completion in 1940. My father helped build her at Aldous Successors Shipyard.
I'd be very keen to hear from anyone who had a relation serving on her in her early days.
by jpfoynes
Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 34
Views: 18337

Re: ML 206

Dear ML 206 son... I have been researching MLs for very many years, partly for various naval histories I've published, but also out of sheer personal interest. My late father worked for Aldous Successors, Brightlingsea, where 206 was built, and worked on her. I am now helping the local museum build ...

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