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by jdcboss
Mon Apr 18, 2022 1:57 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Coastal Forces Advanced Bases in the Med.
Replies: 0
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Coastal Forces Advanced Bases in the Med.

I have found some more of my late Father's wartime paperwork. I have a Transport Work Ticket authorising him to take an Albion Workshop Lorry from advance CF Base Santa Margherita in the Gulf of Genoa to Leghorn via Spizia in June 45 loaded with Engineering stores. He would also talk about driving a...
by jdcboss
Wed May 05, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 118, 308, ML 569, ML 338 & ML 560
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Views: 3417

ML 118, 308, ML 569, ML 338 & ML 560

I have just received the detailed Record of Service Manifest from the RN for my father Bert Lapthorne POMM (Deceased). It confirms he was attached to the 3rd ML Flotilla in the Med from Feb 1944 to March 1946. I am aware of some of his ML postings from his general service history but all the above a...
by jdcboss
Thu Aug 20, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Leghorn (Livorno)
Replies: 2
Views: 7793

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: 7793

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: 46429

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: 46429

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: 46429

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: 46429

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: 13328

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: 28121

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: 13328

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: 9393

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: 9393

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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