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.
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.
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...
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?