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by Pioneer
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 4
Views: 6413

Re: HMS Brave Swordsman

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A very recent image from Mike in New Zealand.
After a lengthy break from the modeling of HMS Brave Swordsman this image illustrates the attention to accurate detail he manages to achieve.
A very interesting image of the Fore-deck of one of the Brave's on the background board.
by Pioneer
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Fairmile 'C' Gunboats
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Re: Fairmile 'C' Gunboats

Great find Admin - well done.
Sad, but in little over a month, 328 was sunk off Dover with the loss of 5 lives.
by Pioneer
Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 36
Views: 23181

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

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by Pioneer
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 24
Views: 10656

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

Only one Helm - within the Wheelhouse. If being 'conned' from the 'cockpit' it would need instructions given by word of mouth shouted down through the 'cockpit'.
The image of MASB 37 shows Coxswain at the Helm.
by Pioneer
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)
Replies: 24
Views: 10656

Re: 70' British Powerboat Company Co (former MASB)

I think that you may be slightly mistaken with the layout of the MASB Bridge structure. With the restoration of MASB 27, the reconstruction of the bridge clearly shows that the craft has two 'open cockpits' immediately behind the wheelhouse. The view taken of MASB 37 gives a false impression - the t...
by Pioneer
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RML 526
Replies: 32
Views: 31335

Re: RML 526

by Pioneer
Thu May 23, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 12546

Re: MTB 295

As Arjan suggested, here is a Google translation of part of that site... "From Ancona, the 20th and in particular the MTB 295 participates on 9 August 1944 in Operation Gradient, a successful raid of 85 commandos embarked on 5 motor boats in northern Dalmatia with Osor targets on Cres, Nesrine on Ma...
by Pioneer
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: D-Day
Replies: 2
Views: 6341

Re: D-Day

A very interesting program running on the BMPT website using -'then and now' imaging.
https://interactive.guim.co.uk/embed/20 ... l?ww2-dday
Click on image to see the view in the present day - then scroll down for following images etc.
by Pioneer
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark
Replies: 11
Views: 9963

Re: Mystery Raid in Northern Denmark

The "D" 751 comes into shot at 06:55 in the above clip .
by Pioneer
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930
Replies: 1
Views: 3206

Re: PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930

Further to the report above: Len Welch is to be cremated on Wednesday 19th December. He joined the Royal Navy on his 18th birthday in June 1942 and was de-mobbed in June 1946. He went first to HMS Ganges where, after basic seamanship training, he was sent on a mechanics course to Bournemouth and the...
by Pioneer
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930
Replies: 1
Views: 3206

PO/MM Leonard Welch. CFVA 2930

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Len Welch on Wednesday 5th December 2018.
Len served on Minesweeper ML 143 - between 1942 - 1946. Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

'Lest We Forget'
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: RML 497
Replies: 2
Views: 5863

Re: RML 497

Some excellent footage of RML 497 (courtesy of the IWM - Imperial War Museum).
Best viewed in full screen.

http://bit.ly/RML497-Oct2108
by Pioneer
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 20990

Re: MGB 81

Some superb shots of MGB 81 after her recent (October 2018) refit. Unfortunately no sound but a lovely sight.
http://bit.ly/MGB81-Oct-2018

Well done to all at Berthon Marine Services.
by Pioneer
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Petty Officer Patrick John O'Hare. MID - DSM.
Replies: 0
Views: 3416

Petty Officer Patrick John O'Hare. MID - DSM.

It is sad to report that ex-Petty Officer Patrick John O'Hare MID. DSM. 'Crossed the Bar' on 12th November 2018. A very early member of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association - membership number 41 - he served on MGB's 642, 648, 659, also on ML233. ' Lest we Forget' Funeral arrangements to f...
by Pioneer
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Ldg Seaman Douglas Withey. CFVA 1613
Replies: 0
Views: 3087

Ldg Seaman Douglas Withey. CFVA 1613

It is with deep sadness that the London Branch reports that ex-Leading Seaman Douglas Allen WITHEY 'crossed the Bar' on Saturday 10th November 2018. A long standing member of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association, bearing the membership number of 1613, he was a crew member of HDML 1387 , no...
by Pioneer
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID.
Replies: 1
Views: 3462

Re: Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID.

Ken's funeral arrangements -

11o/clock Monday 24th September.
St. John The Evangelist Church
Chapel Ln, Galgate, Lancaster LA2 0PW
by Pioneer
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID.
Replies: 1
Views: 3462

Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID.

Very sad news received today. Ldg Seaman Ken Forrester MID crossed the bar peacefully this morning. Aged 97, married to his Harriet for 71 years, he will be sadly missed by all his family and many many friends. It is not to overstate his contributions but he was one of this country's true hero's. De...
by Pioneer
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 6181

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

'Bernie' Coot's funeral was reported by the local 'Southwark News'.
by Pioneer
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 6181

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

Dear Bernie certainly had a splendid send off, with many showing deep respect for the passing of a WWII veteran.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
R.I.P. Bernie.
'Lest we Forget'
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Photo by David Carter.
by Pioneer
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 6181

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

Bernie’s Funeral Procession 3rd July 1018 The procession from Bernie’s home will leave Ayers Street at 10.15 to Southwark Cathedral. The coffin will be in a horse-drawn hearse, the family following in cars. The Cathedral is close to London Bridge Rail and underground stations and clearly signed. The...
by Pioneer
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 6181

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

The funeral service for Bernie Coot will be at Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday 3rd July at 11.00 hours (family flowers only). It will be followed by a private service at the Crematorium (family only). Guests are then invited to lunch at the Anchor Tap. 28 Horselydown Lane, Bermondsey, London SE1 2LN....
by Pioneer
Thu May 31, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot
Replies: 4
Views: 6181

Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

It is with sad and deep regret that we learn of the passing of Bernie Coot. Bernie was a unique character, a stalwart and an untiringly faithful worker of the London Branch. He will be greatly missed by us all. Our sincere condolences go to his family at this very sad time. Details of funeral arrang...
by Pioneer
Sun May 06, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: AB/TM Donald MacDonald CFVA 1531
Replies: 0
Views: 3903

AB/TM Donald MacDonald CFVA 1531

It is sad news to report the passing of Don MacDonald on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. An early member of the CFVA (1531), AB/TM Don MacDonald served on MTB's 613 and P1034. MASB's 30 and 53. HDML 1152. Our sincere condolences to his family at this very sad time. ' Lest we forget ' (Funeral arrangements w...
by Pioneer
Sun May 06, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: The British 'Dark' class
Replies: 31
Views: 45363

Re: The British 'Dark' class

A blurred image of the Bridge of a Vosper built Dark. Not sure of vessel ID but either HMS Bold Buccaneer. 'Clipper, 'Highwayman or 'Rover.
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by Pioneer
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: London Branch Obituaries
Replies: 0
Views: 3826

London Branch Obituaries

by Pioneer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Sir Derrick Holden-Brown
Replies: 0
Views: 4110

Sir Derrick Holden-Brown

Sir Derrick Holden-Brown We are sad to report the news of the passing on Tuesday 6th March of Sir Derrick Holden-Brown. He served with distinction as Navigator and 1st Lt in Dog Boats in the Mediterranean, first with the Canadian CO Tom Ladner DSO, in MGB 663. Eighteen months later, after MGB 663 w...
by Pioneer
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Post War Swedish MTB's
Replies: 1
Views: 5022

Post War Swedish MTB's

Well known footage of Swedish Motor Torpedo Boat's T56 and T26.
Impressive 'start up' sounds. Best viewed in wide screen.

by Pioneer
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 20990

Re: MGB 81

Time lapse YouTube clip of engine removal
by Pioneer
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 20990

Re: MGB 81

Some recent news that many may have missed regarding Motor Gun Boat 81.
Now being restored and re-engined at Berthon Marine Services Yard - see [HERE]
and also at http://www.berthon.co.uk/berthon-blog/m ... continues/
by Pioneer
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 17129

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

ML 1301 now has her own website - click for the English version
https://mecmuseum.nl/hdml-1301/

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