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by Platon Alexiades
Sat May 23, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Loss of MGB 641 (14 July 1943)
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Loss of MGB 641 (14 July 1943)

I would like to know more details on the loss of MGB 641 during the invasion of Sicily. The incident is briefly mentioned in Flag 4 by Dudley Pope. I have the report of the Italian submarine Nichelio which engaged the three MGBs (the other two were MGB 643 and MGB 646 ) and claimed one damaged befor...
by Platon Alexiades
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)
Replies: 6
Views: 3230

Re: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)

Many thanks for the suggestions. These leads could be very useful indeed.

Best regards,

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)
Replies: 6
Views: 3230

Re: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)

I have checked the files at TNA (at least the most obvious ones in thE ADM series) including SOE files. In "The Unknown Fleet", Reg Cooley mentions that, toward the end of October 1942, Clive was used to land French agents in Tunisia. Extensive research in the French Resistance archives has so far n...
by Platon Alexiades
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)
Replies: 6
Views: 3230

Re: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)

Hello "Admin", Many thanks for the info on XMAS , it can be quite useful. Do you know if XMAS was ever used in a special operation? I have both Brooks Richards volumes. The operation is not mentioned but his list of operations in Tunisia (pp 376-377, 2nd Edition) misses quite a few operations and re...
by Platon Alexiades
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)
Replies: 6
Views: 3230

Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)

I am looking for the identity of the motorboat used in a clandestine operation on the night of 29/30 November 1941. Two SIS agents left Malta and were landed near Nabeul (Tunisia). There were discussions that either the fast RAF motorboat Clive could be used or the ex-Italian MAS 452 (captured in Ju...
by Platon Alexiades
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 10
Views: 3839

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Dear Ralph,

Many thanks for these additional details. They are very much appreciated.

All the best,

Platon
by Platon Alexiades
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 10
Views: 3839

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Dear Peter, I am equally delighted to hear from you! Many thanks for your comments. I have not read Bert Cooper's book. Is it still available? I note a couple of minor errors in the account you quoted: 1. The action actually took place on the night of 12/13 July. Reports can be found in ADM199/541 a...
by Platon Alexiades
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 10
Views: 3839

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Dear Ken, Richard and "Admin", Many thanks for the testimony of Ken and for your input. Ken: it is interesting to note that your boat fired a torpedo but missed. Did you notice if the other boats also fired torpedoes? How was the submarine sunk? By depth-charges? I have no precise information on the...
by Platon Alexiades
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 10
Views: 3839

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Dear Ken, I am thrilled to hear from a participant in the action! I have done extensive research in the Italian archives and I am inclined to believe that the submarine was Flutto . She had sailed from Bonifacio at dawn on 10th July and was directed to attack the Allied invasion forces off Catania. ...
by Platon Alexiades
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 10
Views: 3839

Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Hello, I am looking for a report about the action of MTB-640 , MTB-651 and MTB-67 0 (32nd MTB Flotilla, Lt. R.R. Smith) on 11th July 1943. They attacked an enemy submarine (probably the Italian Flutto ) off Catania and may have sunk it. The MTBs suffered seventeen casualties. Extensive search at the...

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