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by justaveteran
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 10
Views: 5918

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Dear Platon As I remember the action the Coxswain collapsed with a wound to his back and I don’t recall an explosion behind the bridge. I am convinced that there was only one MG being fired from the conning tower and we admired the spirited resistance shown by the submarine’s gunner. I didn’t see if...
by justaveteran
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 10
Views: 5918

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Dear Platon The coxswain was wounded (one bullet wound in his back, I was standing close by at the time and I replaced him at the wheel) and throughout the action I was not aware of any cannon fire. Our firing prevented the submarine crew using their deck gun. I think that my boat fired one torpedo ...
by justaveteran
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 10
Views: 5918

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Dear Platon My name is Ken Gadsdon. My memory is now not what it's was but I served as an AB on MTB 651 during that action. All I can recall is that my boat suffered one casualty (coxswain ) in that action. We surprised a submarine as it surfaced, presumably returning to its base. In the subsequent ...
by justaveteran
Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Photos of MTB Officers in Bastia, 1944
Replies: 4
Views: 6486

Re: Photos of MTB Officers in Bastia, 1944

Dear Jeffrey, Thanks for your interesting message re your Dad and the two British officers in your photo. I am afraid that I cannot help you though. As far as I can recall, my boat (MTB 651) took part in some joint actions alongside PT's during the North African campaign but then we carried on to th...
by justaveteran
Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: The British 'Dark' class
Replies: 31
Views: 58871

Re: The British 'Dark' class

Great pictures but, to me, 'tin' MTBs do not appear to be so 'workmanlike'.
I'm sure the designers have got it right, but try convincing us riders of the wartime wooden variety !
by justaveteran
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Changed Layout
Replies: 0
Views: 5372

Changed Layout

To me this is a much simpler format. Well done.
by justaveteran
Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Veterans Models
Replies: 3
Views: 9372

Thanks, Team, for the date of the Show. I have re-read the Vice Chairman's report, as you implied, and stand chastened. My skipper always said I was a dimwit. Sadly, I, with my cherished wife and other survivors of our village wrinkly club are taking the Canary Islands by storm during the two weeks ...
by justaveteran
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Anniversary of the Bari Raid
Replies: 1
Views: 7194

Re: Anniversary of the Bari Raid

Although my boat (MTB 651) was in the harbour that night and took part in the rescue operations we did not suffer any mustard gas burns and threaded our way out the following morning to 'get on with the war'. Therefore the full impact of the disaster was lost on us and Petro's article has filled in ...
by justaveteran
Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:22 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Veterans Models
Replies: 3
Views: 9372

Models

I understand there will be a Model Engineering Exhibition in London in January and that the Coastal Forces Veterans will have a stand there.
This should be interesting.
Anyone know the dates please?

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