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by MattR
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?
Replies: 6
Views: 2351

Re: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?

This could be Bill...maybe?
Certainly he’s the only William connected with 245 of that time that I can find on record.
Ladies & gentlemen...I give you TSLt William Herbert Heal Coates!
by MattR
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 11594

Re: MTB 245

Thank you for those rare pictures Arjan, very much appreciated. I had hoped there may be a few around somewhere! 👍🏼
by MattR
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 11594

Re: MTB 245

Thank you for the picture, I have also found The Gazette entry for 28th July 1944 where he was awarded the DSC for minelaying operations.
by MattR
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 11594

Re: MTB 245

Gentlemen, I am researching MTB 245 and have read your posts with great interest. I am especially interested in connecting a fascinating wartime presentation gift I own with the craft and those identified on the engraving. If the remains of the craft are still indeed a houseboat are you able to shed...
by MattR
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?
Replies: 6
Views: 2351

Re: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?

Thank you both for your replies, very much appreciated. I’m certain it relates to the documented Channel & Normandy ops and likely a member of crew during that time but as you say remains anonymous at the moment. Members Pioneer & Brian Holmes have posts from 2009 that shed light on crew & history o...
by MattR
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?
Replies: 6
Views: 2351

Re: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?

Hopefully I have been successful in adding an image.
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by MattR
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?
Replies: 6
Views: 2351

MTB 245 - Who is Bill?

Hoping you may be able to help. I am researching a WW2 No19 shell case that has been turned into a presentation gift with a small engraving on the side. The engraving simply says: H.K.C H.M.M.T.B. 245. August 1944 Greetings Bill This site has provided a lot of information about MTB 245 which I am mo...

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