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by jdcboss
Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Leghorn (Livorno)
Replies: 2
Views: 1440

Re: Leghorn (Livorno)

Thank you for this confirmation Arjan.
Here is the picture of MTB 421 with others in Bastia harbour (I think!)
by jdcboss
Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Leghorn (Livorno)
Replies: 2
Views: 1440

Leghorn (Livorno)

Can anyone confirm the location of this dockside as Leghorn? Dockside image My researches into my fathers war service now lead me to believe he was supporting the 7th MTB Flotilla from Malta to Bastia then on to Leghorn. He was PO MM Bert Lapthorne. I cannot attribute him to any particular boat but ...
by jdcboss
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta
Replies: 15
Views: 32253

Re: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta

I have discovered that the top picture of the engine on the quayside is in fact Leghorn and not Malta.
Seems Dad (Bert Lapthorne) moved to Leghorn in May 1945 and was possibly supporting the MTB's of the 7th Flotilla.
by jdcboss
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:23 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta
Replies: 15
Views: 32253

Re: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta

Here are a few other shots of I think Malta.
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by jdcboss
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta
Replies: 15
Views: 32253

Re: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta

Herewith the picture of ML134 again
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by jdcboss
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta
Replies: 15
Views: 32253

Re: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta

I have a photo of ML 134 in Malta. Not sure if this is of interest? My Dad, Bert Lapthorne was based there doing CF maintenance. I have photos of him operating cranes and changing ML engines.
ML 134.jpg
by jdcboss
Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Fairmile B
Replies: 5
Views: 9189

Re: Fairmile B

Dear JB,

Sorry for the tardy reply. I have been away for a couple of weekends. I will hunt out the photos this weekend and will be in touch next week.
by jdcboss
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Coastal Forces Bases
Replies: 12
Views: 17664

Re: Coastal Forces Bases

Looking at my Dad's records, he was at a forward base in Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera during 1945. I have travel dockets for him to go by lorry for spares to Naples via rome from that period.
by jdcboss
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Fairmile B
Replies: 5
Views: 9189

Re: Fairmile B

I may have some photos of the engine room from my Dad's collection - any interest? Email me on walker@jdc-builders.co.uk
by jdcboss
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:28 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Italy 1944–1946
Replies: 2
Views: 6542

Re: Italy 1944–1946

Thank you for this - Dad was on Fairmile B ML's. He was posted to Victory III (Fairmile) April 1942 then HMS Attack, Britannia III on ML 159 May 1942 , Dartmouth II, Attack, transfered to ML 183 at HMS Forte April 1943, then Defiance and back to Attack. He left for the Med in Feb 1944 and was demobb...
by jdcboss
Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Italy 1944–1946
Replies: 2
Views: 6542

Italy 1944–1946

I am researching my farther Bert Lapthorne and his posting on Motor Launches. His record shows the ships as St. Angelo (C F 16) which is Malta and (Brynsa) which is Naples. There is not further detail on what boats he was on. Can anyone explain the C F 16 please?

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