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by Pioneer
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: Gay class FPB's
Replies: 0
Views: 2288

Gay class FPB's

A rarely seen image has surfaced of the Bridge of HMS Gay Carabineer The image was sent by Mike Harrison from New Zealand who is currently building a large scale model of HMS Brave Swordsman - see here > http://cfv.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=633 < Prominent in the image is the Port side R...
by Pioneer
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 7
Views: 15137

Re: HMS Brave Swordsman

An earlier shot (Dec 2019) of the model's Hull with the display board of finished fittings.
This view can be linked to an earlier image, giving a good impression of the large scale and Mike's modelling skills.
Brave Swordsman Hull.jpg
by Pioneer
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 7
Views: 15137

Re: HMS Brave Swordsman

Another view of the Rocket Flare Launchers.
by Pioneer
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 7
Views: 15137

Re: HMS Brave Swordsman

Another illustration from Mike, (from down under). I am truly in awe of this gentleman - the attention to detail for this model is fantastic, even down to 'rifling' (within these Rocket Flare Launch Tubes) I'm so pleased that he has been able to restart with the build of HMS Brave Swordsman , especi...
by Pioneer
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: T/S.Lt. George W Herd - MTB 697 and MGB 658
Replies: 1
Views: 1030

Re: T/S.Lt. George W Herd - MTB 697 and MGB 658

Hello 'timbiller' Welcome aboard. Have you seen this> https://www.lsars.org.uk/site/medal-rolls.php#close Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal Date: 17 April 1945 Case number: 59153 Occupation: T/Sub Lieut RNVR HM MTB 658 Location: North Adriatic RHS Report: 1945 The Case number may assist with gaining...
by Pioneer
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Trying to find grandfather
Replies: 1
Views: 1469

Re: Trying to find grandfather

Hello 'Emma'
Welcome aboard.
If you follow this link> viewtopic.php?f=1&t=386 <you may be able to trace your Granddad's war records.
Best Regards
by Pioneer
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 650
Replies: 2
Views: 1766

Re: MTB 650

Hello RogerFentem Thank you for the Post, you have added a little further info on MTB 650, I was not aware that she had travelled to the Suez and ended up as a 'luxurious Houseboat', do you have any further details ie Houseboat name? Sadly no survivors of the famous 'D' are known to exist, the rumou...
by Pioneer
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Maurice Illingworth DSM
Replies: 3
Views: 3317

Re: Maurice Illingworth DSM

I have sent you an e-mail Shaun to your stated address
by Pioneer
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Ken Forrester of Galgate
Replies: 7
Views: 5294

Re: Ken Forrester of Galgate

Shaun
Have sent you a Private Message
by Pioneer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Ken Forrester of Galgate
Replies: 7
Views: 5294

Re: Ken Forrester of Galgate

Hello 'corkerrys' I do have a copy of Ken's autobiography and I will dig it out (from somewhere :-) and could send scans via private message or e-mail, if you wish. I was very friendly with Ken (over the phone) but unfortunately never got to meet him or his lovely wife Harriet. I do miss having the ...
by Pioneer
Sun May 17, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: SGB 6 Grey Shark
Replies: 16
Views: 23520

Re: SGB 6 Grey Shark

Hello John A little late with a reply to your post but have you managed to read the article on the loss of SGB 7 ? http://cfv.org.uk/research/history/article/loss-of-sgb-7 A little way down within the narrative of the discovery of the wreck, there is a rather fuzzy image of what may be S 306 (SGB 6).
by Pioneer
Sat May 02, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Terence Evans in Malta 1945
Replies: 3
Views: 3232

Re: Terence Evans in Malta 1945

Possibly RNR but not sure of the Cap badge - looks like MN.
by Pioneer
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 7
Views: 15137

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: 5376

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: 42
Views: 44772

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: 21312

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: 21312

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: 44589

Re: RML 526

by Pioneer
Thu May 23, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 24979

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 ...
by Pioneer
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: D-Day
Replies: 2
Views: 9999

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: 15656

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: 5402

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: 5402

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: 8748

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: 28829

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: 6033

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: 5645

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: 5523

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: 5523

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: 9556

Re: Leading Stoker Bertram 'Bernie' Coot

'Bernie' Coot's funeral was reported by the local 'Southwark News'.

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