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by Peter
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Command structure within Nore Command
Replies: 4
Views: 812

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: 13
Views: 1380

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: 13
Views: 1380

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: 16
Views: 9042

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: 16
Views: 9042

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: 1138

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: 3395

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: 76
Views: 31163

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: 76
Views: 31163

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: 76
Views: 31163

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: 20916

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: 20916

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: 2112

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: 11188

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: 20916

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: 20916

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: 20916

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: 2653

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: 4774

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: 4774

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: 5151

Re: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure

Dear David
The attachment ML 470 a painting by Harold garland CFVA Artist
Cheers
Peter
by Peter
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure
Replies: 5
Views: 5151

Re: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure

Hi David From a cold and snowy morning in Romford ( as they say just up the line from you at Felixstowe ) , thanks for the showing of your model railway lay out ,it looks very impressive. It was also pleasing to read of your interest in Coastal Forces ML's & HDML's I attaché with some joy the tribut...
by Peter
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: William (Bill) McAngus
Replies: 0
Views: 2202

William (Bill) McAngus

William (Bill) McAngus (Membership No. 159) It is with deep sadness that we learn of the death of Bill McAngus who died aged 90, on the 22nd October 2017, after a long stay in hospital. Bill was one of the pioneers of the London Branch and our pathway in the 1980s for our London Branch meetings at ...
by Peter
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 76
Views: 31163

Re: MGB 658

Dear Gail Greetings to your Grandfather, from another Grandad who served aboard MGB 647 during the Italian campaign and then Yugoslavia now Croatia . It is very exciting to read of the exploits of MGB 658 having known and did meet Rover Reynolds within the Coastal Forces Veterans Association . Rover...
by Peter
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Sinking of HM ML 916 November 8th 1944
Replies: 1
Views: 2543

Re: Sinking of HM ML 916 November 8th 1944

Hello Stuart Thank you for your kind words and your sincere appreciation of the success that the Coastal Forces Veterans Association achieved in bringing together and recording the comradeship of those who served in Coastal Forces in world war 2 . As one of the early Members of the Association as Na...
by Peter
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 710
Replies: 7
Views: 4079

Re: MTB 710

Good Morning . I have discovered in my library of Coastal Forces Veterans Assoc. Newsletters the attached report of an action involving MTB 710 that I am sure will be of interest in the current enquiry, plus on the same page a report of HMS Vienna our worthy Base Ship for which we hold many memories...
by Peter
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 710
Replies: 7
Views: 4079

Re: MTB 710

Hello Gareth
I have been able to contact George Chandler who survived the sinking of MTB 710 along with your Grandfather and would be pleased if you contact him on: [Admin: email address redacted]

Cheers
Peter Bickmore BEM
by Peter
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 710
Replies: 7
Views: 4079

Re: MTB 710

Good Morning Gareth Welcome to the Coastal Forces Veterans website Having served in the Adriatic area around the Islands of the then Yugoslavia , I hope that I can help you with your enquiries about MTB 710 and your Grandfather There are comprehensive details about MTB 710 in the book by Rover Reyno...
by Peter
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 338
Replies: 4
Views: 3595

Re: ML 338

Hello David
Having served in Malta ( HMS Gregale ) it is with interest I read your request for information about MLs . All my service was aboard MTB's , on looking through my collection of photo's of ML's I have collected
Good luck on your book of your Grandads Service
Cheers
Peter Bickmore
by Peter
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Web Site main pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 3797

Augusta Sicilly 1943

On our web site , the recent Memorial Page for July recalled the sad loss of MB 316 in that very hostile and brave campaign by Coastal Forces in the Mediterranean during the invasion of Sicily and the invasion of Italy . For me it was my first action and sadly the loss of Shipmate A/B Arnold aboard ...

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