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by Pioneer
Sat Jan 27, 2024 12:22 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Holocaust Memorial Day
Replies: 1
Views: 3977

Re: Holocaust Memorial Day

A very powerful message Admin.
The World appears to be at a dangerous juncture, according to most mainstream media. Although not a wartime Vet, my early years were growing up in London and I do have some vivid memories of that conflict.
As you say - 'Lest we Forget'.
by Pioneer
Tue Oct 24, 2023 7:58 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 44
Views: 154598

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

Well done sir, and thank you all for your perseverance.
Best Regards
Ted Else
by Pioneer
Fri Sep 01, 2023 3:51 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: A/B Radar. Peter Bickmore BEM.
Replies: 0
Views: 24320

A/B Radar. Peter Bickmore BEM.

Peter Bickmore BEM, a founder member of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFV 29). It is with great sadness that we belatedly report the passing of Peter. just one month away from his 99th Birthday. (D. 22.50 on 23rd August 2023) Our sincere condolances to his family at this very sad time. Th...
by Pioneer
Wed Dec 21, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 670
Replies: 111
Views: 475949

Re: MTB 670

Hello Bernie
You may find this link interesting, regarding the Africa Star
https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/medals/africa-star
Hope this helps; Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Best Regards.
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 09, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: SGB 5 during operation Jubilee
Replies: 6
Views: 21177

Re: SGB 5 during operation Jubilee

Hello again Steve49 An excellent work that lists all ships and boats that took part in Operation Jubilee, can be found at https://www.navy.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/Battle_Summary_33.pdf A comprehensive account in PDF format, that on page 59 lists SGB5 and ML346 as being attached to Group...
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 09, 2022 11:48 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: SGB 5 during operation Jubilee
Replies: 6
Views: 21177

Re: SGB 5 during operation Jubilee

Welcome aboard 'Steve49' SGB 5 (HMS Grey Owl) is listed as having 1 fatal casualty in the site's Research database. Able Seaman KENNETH MORPHET Service No: P/JX 295548 Navy: Royal Navy Unit: H.M.S.G.B. Grey Owl Date: 5th September 1943 Age: 22 Burial or Memorial: NELSON CEMETERY (Spec. Memorial.) Ne...
by Pioneer
Mon Sep 12, 2022 10:45 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 657, 678, 663
Replies: 10
Views: 48487

Re: 657, 678, 663

Sadly, Brian crossed the bar some time ago.
viewtopic.php?t=680
by Pioneer
Mon Aug 01, 2022 4:20 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: A/B Radar. Eddie Dibley. MTB 757
Replies: 0
Views: 22201

A/B Radar. Eddie Dibley. MTB 757

Congratulations to our Chairman and former Secretary Mr Eddie Dibley having been awarded the French highest order of merit, The Legion of Honour ((French: Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) for his service in WW2 on board MTB 757. Eddie we remember, kept the London Branch alive almost single han...
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: A/B Ken Gadsdon - CFVA 2500
Replies: 0
Views: 24970

A/B Ken Gadsdon - CFVA 2500

A/B Ken Gadsdon - CFVA 2500 It was a very sad day when learning of the passing of dear Ken Gadsdon He served in the Adriatic Sea aboard MTB 651; invalided out of the RN in 1943, he carried the results of very serious war wounds with dignity until his dying day. He will certainly be remembered for ha...
by Pioneer
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 18
Views: 54904

Re: MGB 661

Hello Chrisnye, welcome to the Forum. There is mention of an action during 18/19 May 1944, in Leonard Reynolds excellent work - ‘Dog Boats at War’, in which MGB 661 was involved. Although not mentioning your relative AB Bruce Peters by name, it does describe this action in some detail without the in...
by Pioneer
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: Gay class FPB's
Replies: 0
Views: 39065

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 > https://cfv.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=633 < Prominent in the image is the Port side ...
by Pioneer
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 7
Views: 51809

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: 51809

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: 51809

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: 14527

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: 16195

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: 18521

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: 19372

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: 27526

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: 27526

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: 18
Views: 87690

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 ? https://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: 22168

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: 51809

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: 25029

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: 44
Views: 154598

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: 82793

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: 82793

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: 140634

Re: RML 526

by Pioneer
Thu May 23, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 26
Views: 88887

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: 24891

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.

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