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by Pioneer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Sir Derrick Holden-Brown
Replies: 0
Views: 305

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: 361

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: 16
Views: 6452

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: 16
Views: 6452

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: 7563

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

ML 1301 now has her own website - click for the English version
https://mecmuseum.nl/hdml-1301/
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Telegraphist Alfred Solomon. CFVA number 2684
Replies: 0
Views: 434

Telegraphist Alfred Solomon. CFVA number 2684

It is with great sadness that we report that Alfred Soloman 'crossed the bar' on 6th November 2017. Alf was a Telegraphist serving on MGB’s 330–644-612 and was drafted to replace the usual Telegraphist for one day, fatefully being on board MTB 622 on her final mission - sunk March 1943. Alf spent th...
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie

Hello again 'Tommo' Sorry that I'm a little late with this reply (off line for a few days). I am sure that you are aware that MGB 89 was an American built 70ft Elco, formally one of USN PT boat's 1-11. She had 4 awards by RN crew members. Petty Officer Motor Mechanic William John Edward LAST. MID P/...
by Pioneer
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie

Hello 'Tommo' Welcome aboard. You may have traced all of the following by using the sites databases but in case that you were unable to reach the correct page of the London Gazette - page 41 lists the name of your father - page 42 gives the citation. Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie, P/JX. 298632 (Sto...
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 3
Views: 1400

Re: HMS Brave Swordsman

Latest update from Mike. "...I am about make the Sights and from John Lambert's schematic's drawings it’s looks a bit daunting, due to the complexity and the bits and pieces that it has in the drawing it will be a challenge to replicate..." and "...I’ve had a ball making the 2 guns so far. The one o...
by Pioneer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2

Thank you Steve
I have modified the post and substituted the link - a much clearer recording as you say and without the timing scroll. Thank you again for the 'heads up'
by Pioneer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2
Replies: 2
Views: 557

The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2

Some classic shots of 'short' boats, the East Coast base has been identified as Weymouth. Familiar 'action clips', best viewed in 'wide screen'.
by Pioneer
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: James Frederick (Nick) Carter
Replies: 0
Views: 574

James Frederick (Nick) Carter

It is sad to relate that London Branch member 'Nick' Carter sadly crossed the bar on Tuesday 25th July, age 99. A long time member of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association - CFVA Membership number of 1049 - attending many meetings of the London Branch but lately had been unable to make the ...
by Pioneer
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.

Brian's funeral will be held on Wednesday 16th August at 1.15 pm at Portchester Crematorium. Details of how to get there can be found on the following link

http://www.portchestercrematorium.org/c ... tro.aspx
by Pioneer
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.

Alan Watson. owner of the 'Medusa', has passed this over: "I have to pass on the sad news that Brian Holmes has passed away. A few days silence from him on e-mail and phone lead to increasing concern and when he did not show up for Medusa trips over the last two days plus a concerned call from his s...

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