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by Peter
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Re: MGB 661

Hi All Sorry a re write on my photo attached , I am 3rd from the right
2nd row , I am still trying to remember the name of the other shipmate
Cheers
Peter
by Peter
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Re: MGB 661

Good Morning Katy It is a pleasure to reply to your post re the adventures of your Granddad. I would think that my memories will be of those that he has . I served aboard MGB 647 during the (Yugoslavia) Island campaign of 1943/45and their must have been times when our boats operated together. An act...
by Peter
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: French 23rd Flotilla Vosper MTBs Kingswear 1943
Replies: 1
Views: 667

Re: French 23rd Flotilla Vosper MTBs Kingswear 1943

It is with interest I read the details of the 23rd Flotilla, having served aboard MTB 243 in the MED, how was it decided which boats were allocated to form the 23rd & 24th Flotilla's MTB- 81-85-86-89-97-226-242& 243 = 24th Flotilla MTB- 90-91-92-94-96-98- 227& 239 = 23rd Fl0tilla attached picture of...
by Peter
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: MTB 633
Replies: 0
Views: 1157

MTB 633

It is with deep sadness I read the Memorial today, July 21st.in memory of Arthur Arnold and others . I was aboard MTB 633 in Augusta and experienced for the very first time the reality of death in conflict. For me and others the effect it had was the strengthening in us all the experience and knowle...
by Peter
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 295
Replies: 24
Views: 4776

Re: MTB 295

Very interesting post re MTB 295, there are some pictures that remind me of my time on board MTB 243 also with the Partisans and the escorting the Italian Fleet on surrender into Malta. The Bari raid also brought many memories, the exploits of MTB 295 are detailed in "MTB's At War" by Len Reynolds a...
by Peter
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Action of MGB 647
Replies: 0
Views: 823

Action of MGB 647

4 Page 33 Memoires.jpg
Todays book of Remembrance includes the action of MGB647 when 3 of her crew were lost . I attaché a page from my memoires that reveals that action
by Peter
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 50
Views: 26380

Re: ML 207

What a great story relating to the Service of ML 207, it has the makings of a very interesting book. Having served on MTB's and MGB's in Mediterranean I can visualise the drama, yes and the comradeship that was ours serving on these Little Ships.
Cheers
Peter
by Peter
Thu May 30, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 674
Replies: 0
Views: 1055

MTB 674

Within today's Memorial page it is with clear memory of the action in which Sub Lt Thomerson was mortally wounded. I was aboard MTB 243 along with MTB 84 and MTB 674 returning to Komiza after an all night patrol when MTB 674was attacked from the air by a German fighter. Sadly Lt Thomerson was the on...
by Peter
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667
Replies: 17
Views: 13379

Re: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667

It is in remembrance of todays Memorial List ( April 10th) of those of crew of MTB 710 lost in the Adriatic campaign, that I contacted George Chandler one of the few survivors of that boat, and to convey my thoughts. We then chatted about the photograph on view, and our many visits to Croatia as the...
by Peter
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Command structure within Nore Command
Replies: 8
Views: 6096

Re: Command structure within Nore Command

Another interesting page re Command structure , I attaché the page of my Service sheet showing my route through Coastal Forces of which I am very proud to have been part of. Basic Seamanship training at HMS Collingwood in Fareham Hants, Selected for RDF (Radar)training in the Isle of Man HMS Valkyri...
by Peter
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 5980

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Good Afternoon All To add to the post re MTB 633 to which we seem to have advanced ahead some what , I am interested in the last post of the boats moored in Malta and attaché a painting of 3 Boats of the 28th flotilla which were American built Vosper's to create the 28th Flotilla which replaced the ...
by Peter
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 5980

Re: MTB 611 Crew

It is a great pleasure to read of the MTB 611 especially that spirit of comradeship that was evident in pictures shown , having served 2 years on a D Boat in the Mediterranean I can fully appreciate what this means, I can see from the picture we all had our comedians aboard (front row centre) and al...
by Peter
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667
Replies: 17
Views: 13379

Re: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667

Good morning All. Continuing the post of MTB's, when I first saw the post I recalled the name Ledson a name that with some research and dusting down my library of pictures and stats. I discovered Ledson William CFVA Member No 553 along with other Members -Inc. the Lindfield Brothers with whom I met ...
by Peter
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667
Replies: 17
Views: 13379

Re: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667

Good Afternoon, I am pleased to join in the current subject on the above boats although some of the titles could be incorrect I am certain they were not all MTB's. I can recognise MGB 634. Having served in the Italian and then on to the Dalmatian Islands it was pleasing to read the blogs over the Ne...
by Peter
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Breda guns, MTB 61
Replies: 2
Views: 2800

Re: Breda guns, MTB 61

It is with great interest that I read of the topic Breda Guns. As Radar Operator aboard MTB 243 from May 1943 , I can recall the fitting of the Breda Gun which had a somewhat up beat on our Skipper Lt Du Bouley who took great offence at the removal of the torpedo tubes and the fitting of the Breda G...
by Peter
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406
Replies: 10
Views: 8187

Re: Research on MTB 651, 84 and 406

Hi Simon Sorry for the delay in answering your query, could you check your Fathers boat numbers, checking through records of CFVA members your Dad was Membership No 492 (a very early member) and his boat No's recorded are MTB 81-MTB 651- MTB 406 , so poor old MTB 84 has again fallen through the page...
by Peter
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 47898

Re: MGB 658

Hello Maureen Yes the HMS Hornet Memorial Parade is on Sunday Nov 11th at 11-00 am I attach further information from Len Reynolds book Dog boats at War quoting MGB 658, It must be very interesting for you and your Family to read about your Dads movements during the War. Later I will point out the du...
by Peter
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 47898

Re: MGB 658

Good Morning Maureen
Hope you rested well , sorry I lost the files hope to include them now
all this tech, difficult to keep up with at 94
by Peter
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 47898

Re: MGB 658

Hello Maureen Glad that you found us, will find on this site that I have previously been able respond to information re MGB 658. I knew and have met Len Reynolds many times during the reign of the Coastal Forces Veterans Assoc.I served aboard MGB 647 as Radar Operator in the same area at the same ti...
by Peter
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 22
Views: 26388

Re: MGB 647

Good Afternoon Rampus and David, It is good to be in contact with you both having also served on MGB 647 I knew them both , I have pleasure in sending you a picture of our boat that was painted by a colleague, and proudly hangs on the wall over the fire place ,I have many photo's and write ups that ...
by Peter
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 22
Views: 26388

Re: MGB 647

Hi David Welcome to our site . I knew your Dad very well ,I was on board MGB 647 for its last 12 months till we paid her off in Malta July 1945. attached my write up of MGB 647 of the last action
Great to here from you, my best wishes to your Dad
Peter BEM A/B
13-Final Action Page 2.jpg
Radar
by Peter
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Petty Officer Sydney Scott - MGB 657
Replies: 4
Views: 3869

Re: Petty Officer Sydney Scott - MGB 657

Hi John, Thank for getting touch with us . I was in that area about the same time as Sydney and possibly tied up along side his MGB 657,many times and in many places, I served aboard MGB 647. There is a considerable amount of information about MGB 657 contained in Rover Reynolds book "Dog Boats at W...
by Peter
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mysterious battle at Maun Island (23/10/44)
Replies: 12
Views: 14085

Re: Mysterious battle at Maun Island (23/10/44)

Hello there/or my favourite over the Tannoy system " Do you hear there " As a member of the crew of MGB 647 I have been searching for any info re the Maun topic. Was that the name of the Island in 1944 ? The log book reveals that those dates we were escorting the Greek Destroyer Adrias to safety of ...
by Peter
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 22
Views: 26388

Re: MGB 647

Good Morning All
Page2 of Commando report of MGB 647 action on June 10th 1944
Cheers
Peter
by Peter
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 22
Views: 26388

Re: MGB 647

1 MGB 647 action.jpg
Following on from my draft to MGB 647after the action of June 10th 1944 I share with you a report I have received re the action from Royal Marine Commando sources with interesting details that I was never aware of.
The attachment 1 MGB 647 action.jpg is no longer available
by Peter
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 22
Views: 26388

MGB 647 Casualties

On reading todays memorial list 10/6/18 I would like to share with you a page from my memoirs re the action where 3 of the crew including 2 Marine Commando's were killed in action . It was after this action that I was drafted to MGB 647 with some apprehension
Page 33 Memoirs.jpg
by Peter
Sun May 06, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Lt Claude Edward Barnwell RNVR
Replies: 3
Views: 4093

Re: Lt Claude Edward Barnwell RNVR

Hello James
Interesting enquiry re Lt Barnwell , if we are aware of his boat number, I think we stand a chance for further information . Our C/O Lt Mountstephens also received the Greek War Medal aboard MGB 647 for the rescue of the Greek Destroyer Adrias off the Turkish Coast in October 1943
Peter
by Peter
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird
Replies: 7
Views: 6806

Re: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird

Hi MGB 647
I am attaching some photographs from my memoirs.
Hope they are of interest to you.
by Peter
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird
Replies: 7
Views: 6806

Re: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird

Thanks for the memories , I knew Dicky from the early days of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association , he was a pioneer of those early days , it was Dicky who sought the Holiday Company ( Phoenix Travels ) who arranged our fist visit to Yugoslavia as it was then known in 1983. Sadly I was drafted t...
by Peter
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure
Replies: 5
Views: 7934

Re: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure

Dear David
The attachment ML 470 a painting by Harold garland CFVA Artist
Cheers
Peter

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