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Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 20319

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Yes, Lt. Commander A.R.H Nye had earlier been Senior Officer of MGB 312, but in November 1944 was made Senior Officer of a reformed 52nd MTB Flotilla which comprised MGBs 511-518 which were Camper & Nicholson boats originally ordered as gunboats but completed as motor torpedo boats, and new Fair...
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 611 Crew
Replies: 16
Views: 20319

Re: MTB 611 Crew

Hello John, and thank you for your enquiry concerning your Uncle, Ernest Edwin Gavaghan. It's possible J. L Barton might have been an officer at the base or else an earlier officer. The February 1944 edition of the Navy List gives Lieutenant-Commander Ian Duff Lyle as the senior officer for the boat...
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Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 250 Crew
Replies: 3
Views: 10813

Re: MTB 250 Crew

Hello Martin, and thank you for the additional information. I have always liked this photo as it is one of the clearest and sharpest we have in our growing archive, so it’s good to put another name to one of the crew. If you have any further information on you father-in-law’s time in Coastal Forces ...
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Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 9206

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

MTBs led out the minesweepers to protect them, with a shallower draft ML minesweeper clearing a path initially for the larger minesweepers. Dan Layers then laid buoys to mark out the ten channels that would lead directly to the landing beaches for each of the invasion forces, while HDMLs stood watch...
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Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 7750

Re: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

mtb-696-01.jpg Crew of MTB 696.jpg John, your photo still didn't load but I managed to find this one instead. Geoffrey Hudson, the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association (CFVA) historian wrote on the subject of 696's unusual armament in a volume of the CFVA's newsletter, and got a reply in the ...
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 9206

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

I’ve found, on a BBC WW2 Peoples War website the recollections of Lt Rouse although it is slightly confusing as he refers to both ML197 in the main body of the document, but ML23 in the final paragraph! I'm fairly certain in talking in that piece about X23, the midget submarine that lay off the 'S'...
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197
Replies: 5
Views: 9206

Re: Sword Beach Navigational Leader - ML197

Hello PParker and thank you for your enquiry to the forum. I'll try and post more details later if I can find any but just to answer your questions quickly. Navigational Leaders were MLs fitted with a special latticed mast abaft the bridge, after their funnels had been removed for the purpose. The m...
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Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696
Replies: 4
Views: 7750

Re: Mystery of Dogboat MTB/MGB V696

Hello John and welcome to the forum. Could you have another go at attaching your image please as it doesn’t appear to have been saved by the system. The ‘V’ you refer to was the flag superior allotted to MTBs but never used that often seemingly. It’s possible that D-Day and the need for standard rec...
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 11
Views: 18602

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

Good luck with your research Tony, and if I turn up any specific reminiscence of 116 or the 2nd ML Flotilla I’ll pass it on. If you have any crew photos you could pass on we’d be grateful to receive them.
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Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 11
Views: 18602

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

Hello Tony The movements of minor war vessels are contained in the Admiralty's Red Lists , but I'm not sure if they are all that informative, merely listing which port the boats for a particular flotilla are working out of for a given month. The Naval History site has some pages were you can see ins...
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Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM
Replies: 11
Views: 18602

Re: Bernard (Barney) Trueman DSM

The 2nd ML Flotilla was based at Plymouth during Operation Neptune and comprised MLs 112, 113, 114, 116, 117, 119, 120, 171 & 491, with 116 (Albone) & 117 (MacDonald) attached to the 14th Minesweeping Flotilla . The 14th MSF was attached to Force U which was assigned to Utah Beach in the Ame...
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Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Len Couzens PJX 361160
Replies: 0
Views: 16196

Len Couzens PJX 361160

London Branch has learned of the death of Len Couzens, aged 94, at his home in Bradford. Len served on MGB 324, which formed part of the First Coastal Forces Flotilla, engaged in clandestine operations off the shores of occupied France. He is survived by his widow Pat & family, to whom we send o...
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Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753
Replies: 6
Views: 9799

Re: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753

The 14th MGB Flotilla was by officers who were every bit as experienced and whose later service in Coastal Forces was similarly distinguished. Unusually, the flotilla operated in two separate divisions — one at Hornet in Portsmouth and the other from Wasp at Dover. Later, the Hornet based division ...
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Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753
Replies: 6
Views: 9799

Re: Seeking info on Oliver William George Parr P/KX.85753

Hello Andrea and welcome to the forum. There is some information on MGB 326 in Secret Flotillas Vol. I: Clandestine Sea Operations to Brittany, 1940-1944 by Brooks Richards, and some brief information on the 1st Coastal Forces Flotilla in Dog Boats at War by Len Reynolds. In addition there is a good...
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: HMML 916
Replies: 8
Views: 14955

Re: HMML 916

Hello Marcus

I have a photo of Dan Curtis and will be in touch shortly.

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Photo of MTB 316
Replies: 8
Views: 11360

Re: Photo of MTB 316

pt-26-possibly-mtb-316.jpg This photo from the Elco Naval Division Archive on Gene Kirkland's PT King web site shows PT 26 at the back, far right of picture. Gene King describes the photo thus: This photograph shows 77 and 70-foot boats on the same assembly line. PT 23 is in the left foreground, wh...
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Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: Centenary of Remembrance 1918–2018
Replies: 0
Views: 17694

Centenary of Remembrance 1918–2018

The home page of the web site is currently displaying the names of all casualties for Coastal Forces during the Second World War, and the period after, and in this the centenary year of Armistice Day, we also recall the sacrifices made by our relatives during the First World War.
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Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Anniversary of Ml 916 sinking
Replies: 1
Views: 5527

Re: Anniversary of Ml 916 sinking

The Coastal Forces Veterans web site is grateful for the assistance of the many veterans, and relatives of those who served, who have contacted the site over the years and provided photographs, documents and information to share with others, and without whom this site would not be the success it is....
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: HMS 447 FL
Replies: 1
Views: 7351

Re: HMS 447 FL

Hello Grapen25 and welcome to the forum.

I suspect the reference to 447 is more likely a landing craft of that number, or else a Landing Craft Flotilla. This document on the Royal Marines Museum web site contains a reference to a 447th LCP Ancillary Flotilla.
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Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47704

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

It transpires that there are three Royal Naval casualties from Patrol Vessel 4 recorded by the CWGC for the 29th November, including two officers: Royal Navy Personnel Lieutenant (E) George Percival Harding Aged 58 Lieutenant Reginald Henry Whiteley Aged 49 Ordinary Seaman John Caleb Mitchell (MiD) ...
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Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47704

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Hooray at last! I found them all but that one. And the story around No. 19 mentions trying to shift the Dutch gold out of the country! So now it's a question of whether Leonard Shannon had been a member of the crew in Holland, or being based in Poole, signed up on the ship when it arrived there at s...
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Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47704

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Incidentally, Google Translate gives the Dutch stoom, rather than stroom, as steam, loods as pilot, and vaartuig as vessel — so it's a straightforward description, but we may be looking for a Stoomloodsvaartuig, rather than Stroomloodsvartuig. Here's a photo of Stroomloodsvartuig 19 , which might be...
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Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47704

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Stephen, I think you are correct in reading it to be M/V which would more likely make it Steam Ship / Motor Vessel. Having seen a reference to the sinking as the 29th, not the 28th, I have looked again at the CWGC, and sure enough, in amongst all the casualties for HMS Javelin, there is Lieutenant R...
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Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47704

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

I wonder if the comment on the card which I believe reads Unable to verify whether S/S or M/N means Senior Service (Royal Navy) or Merchant Navy, and that it was an unresolved issue of his status which led to his being withheld from the roll, which was never subsequently resolved by anyone? There’s ...
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Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47704

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

There is a useful memoir on the BBC web site for Lieutenant Commander Norman Yates which explains the Examination Service. The function of the Examination Service is to board all merchant ships and trawlers entering the river, scrutinize their papers, if needs be search the ship for evidence of inte...
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Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47704

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Many thanks for anything you can come up with or direct me to I checked out the Navy List but there was no mention of the vessel. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists five casualties for that day, one or two of whom may have been a DEMS gunner on S.S. St. Elwyn. In the meantime Stephen appe...
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Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47704

Re: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940

Hello Sid Thank you for your enquiry to the forum. I have checked in The War at Sea Volume III by S W Roskill, and in British Warship Losses of World War II by Lenton & Colledge, and cannot find any reference to this vessel, or vessel type, if it continued to be known as a Pilot Vessel, and was ...
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Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: HMML 916
Replies: 8
Views: 14955

Re: HMML 916

Here are the two photos Geoff mentioned
royce-thomas-homewood.jpg
Able Seaman Royce Thomas Homewood
royce-thomas-homewood-crew.jpg
Able Seaman Royce Thomas Homewood (top right) with an as yet unidentified crew
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Mon May 21, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Forum Announcements
Topic: General Data Protection Regulation
Replies: 0
Views: 7159

General Data Protection Regulation

Dear Forum Members General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new data protection law which comes into full effect in 2018. It sets out the main principles of data protection and the responsibilities organisations have when handling personal data. As things stand at the time of writing, it’s not...
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Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 80
Views: 97123

Re: MGB 658

Hi my name is carl woodiwiss. My grandfather served on MGB 658, his name was John McGuffie. He was an Able seaman and his record showed he served on the boat late 1944 onwards...I have tried to find out more but to no avail ...f anybody remembered him or could help me in anyway with information I w...

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