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Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 632
Replies: 3
Views: 5928

Re: MTB 632

Hello Mattpageyarm and welcome to the forum. As it happens we have a good deal of material on the flotilla to which it belonged: the 55th MTB Flotilla, commanded by Lt Cdr Donald Gould Bradford. I was contacted some years back by a family member of the Chief Motor Mechanic of 632, Jack Bowman Sidebo...
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Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Crew members of ML 575
Replies: 15
Views: 7068

Re: Crew members of ML 575

Good Evening Steve and welcome to the forum. HMS Gregale was the Coastal Forces base on Malta, and the CO of ML 575 was a member of the South African Volunteer Naval Force — SANF(V) — named John Norman Barfield. The April 1945 Navy List shows him as Temporary Lieutenant for 575 along with Temporary ...
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 17512

Re: MTB 245

This photo from the IWM collection shows the CO of MTB 245 Douglas Hunt.

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Lieutenant Douglas Hunt MTB 245 (third from left) © IWM A 17971
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: Coastal Motor Boat
Replies: 0
Views: 5949

Coastal Motor Boat

This remarkable footage from the Imperial War Museum (IWM) collection entitled The Home of the Coastal Motor Boat shows the base for Coastal Motor Boats (CMBs) at Osea Island, Essex in the period shortly after the First World War. Osea Island which was home to Coastal Motor Boats, an early anteceden...
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Maurice Illingworth DSM
Replies: 3
Views: 3895

Re: Maurice Illingworth DSM

Hello corkerrys Thank you for the information on Maurice Illingworth. 629 was ordered as an MGB initially but changed to an MTB during construction. This photo is said to be of MTB 629, which after its decommissioning in 1945 became a floating guest house at Penzance until 1950 before a move to Salc...
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?
Replies: 6
Views: 6264

Re: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?

Hello MattR I've had a look through the resources I hold but haven't managed to turn up anything. H.K.C. could conceivably have been anyone unconnected with Coastal Forces, and there's no match for a Bill or William amongst those few known members of 245's crew. An interesting item none the less. Ad...
by Admin
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Ken Forrester of Galgate
Replies: 7
Views: 6036

Re: Ken Forrester of Galgate

I was lent a copy in the past and know he spent some time after the war in Glasgow, employed in the fitting out of liners built on the Clyde at Govan.
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Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Ken Forrester of Galgate
Replies: 7
Views: 6036

Re: Ken Forrester of Galgate

The chapters of Ken's autobiography covering his wartime experience may be found within the memoirs section of the web site, but I do not have a scan of the complete book.
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Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Action of MGB 647
Replies: 3
Views: 10507

Re: Action of MGB 647

Hello Linda

Welcome to the forum. There are some images for the crew from this boat in the earlier part of this thread, but I believe these may date from the period after the death of your Great Uncle. I will try to ascertain the dates for the images and get back to you.

Regards
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by Admin
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17
Replies: 35
Views: 55133

Re: Desperately seeking info on MGB 17

Hello Morrrm11 MTB and MGB 17 were two distinct boats which were both lost but on different dates. It appears from the mention of D-Day that MGB 17 lost to a mine on 11th June 1944 would be the boat in question. Could you please give us your father’s full name and I could see if I have any details c...
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Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 55
Views: 84147

Re: ML 207

Gray207 Thank you for such a well researched account of the part ML 207 played in minesweeping operations ahead of the D-Day landings. The manoeuvring mid-invasion, and mid-channel at night in the middle of a minefield, was a feat of seamanship made all the more remarkable by the fact these were all...
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Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 32
Views: 50164

Re: MGB 647

Hello Charles Thank you for the photograph of the memento, and what a great name your grandfather had - Ernest Tregilgas! Yet another of the Lancashire contingent! MGB 647 had four casualties recorded at two different times, with three casualties in one incident spoken about above. Our veteran Peter...
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Fri May 29, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Info on my father Fred Holmes
Replies: 3
Views: 4573

Re: Info on my father Fred Holmes

The photograph Roger mentions can be seen in the memoir written by Ken Forrester entitled If I only had known which details his time with the 55th MTB Flotilla.

Mentor II was the Coastal Forces base at Stornoway in the Hebrides.
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Tue May 26, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 466
Replies: 10
Views: 17569

Re: ML 466

Yes you would need to contact the IWM about the possibility of getting this image digitised. I dont’t know a great deal about this boat other than the basics of its construction as outlined in the boat database , and can only imagine the boat struck a mine left over from sweeping operations in the S...
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Mon May 25, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 466
Replies: 10
Views: 17569

Re: ML 466

Hello Jeffrey There is an image of ML 466 from the collection of Lieutenant Commander J K Neale DSC RNVR showing ML 466 in the Shetland Islands in June 1943 which forms part of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Collection, although this particular photo has still to be digitised. A digitised photo from ...
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Mon May 18, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 40mm single bofor
Replies: 1
Views: 3307

Re: 40mm single bofor

Hello, and welcome to the forum. Pen & Sword are due to publish British Naval Weapons of World War Two Volume III: Coastal Forces by the late John Lambert, which may include this weapon, else his earlier volumes may, and I assume he must have created plans for sale previously, although only plan...
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Mon May 11, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 17
Views: 12657

Re: MGB 661

Hello Katy Could you send any images you have to us here as well please using our info@cfv.org.uk address. If you have a scanner, could you also scan them at 600dpi, and in colour, even though they will be in black & white, and then saved as TIFF rather than JPEG, which is a better format for ar...
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Mon May 11, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 17
Views: 12657

Re: MGB 661

This the photo archive Manxkipper kindly forwarded containing crew photos for MGB 661 and also some photographs presumably from a German PoW, or which may have been left behind in one of the occupied ports Coastal Forces helped to liberate.

Phillip Kennaugh Photo Archive
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Sat May 02, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Terence Evans in Malta 1945
Replies: 3
Views: 4325

Re: Terence Evans in Malta 1945

Hello L B Thank you for your enquiry and for the photographs. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the uniforms the two gentlemen are wearing, thinking at first they might be Petty Officers, though going by the cap badges, not, yet they don’t seem quite the same as RN Lieutenants, and their jackets a...
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Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 661
Replies: 17
Views: 12657

Re: MGB 661

Hello Manxkipper Thank you for joining the forum. Hopefully the earlier poster Katy will be alerted to your post and reply. Could I ask you to get in touch with the web site as well please at the info@cfv.org.uk address with a view to possibly obtaining copies of the resources your family holds on M...
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Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 446
Replies: 5
Views: 4617

Re: ML 446

Hello Bob and welcome to the forum. I am posting the one piece of info I have on ML 466 and would be grateful to receive any information or photographs you may have to add to our archive if you wouldn't mind emailing them to our info@ address. This obituary comes from the Dulwich College Roll of Hon...
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 446
Replies: 5
Views: 4617

Re: ML 446

Hello Roger Thank you for your enquiry. I have checked my own resources and also Allied Coastal Forces: Volume 1: Fairmile Designs by John Lambert but have had no luck with this particular launch, though someone else may be in a position to contribute. Just out of interest the Imperial War Museum (I...
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Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Photo of MTB 316
Replies: 8
Views: 11362

Re: Photo of MTB 316

Hello Alex

Welcome to the forum. I have replied to your email address on the subject of the crew photos of MTB 316 your family holds.

Regards
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by Admin
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)
Replies: 6
Views: 5753

Re: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)

Platon That seems to be an interesting book which I have not heard of before. I take it Reg Cooley does not provide a specific reference for mention of the operation. Just a couple of other possible pointers: 1.Pink Lists, which are the Royal Navy's record of foreign ship movements might provide an ...
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Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)
Replies: 6
Views: 5753

Re: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)

Platon, I couldn't tell if XMAS it was used for special ops or not, beyond the basic knowledge of it being used for air-sea rescue. I corresponded with a gentleman some years ago who was researching a planned book of remembrance for former pupils of Hordle House, which included Richard Millett Ricka...
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Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)
Replies: 6
Views: 5753

Re: Clandestine mission from Malta in 1941 (Clive or XMAS?)

Hello I've not been able to find any specific information on this mission in any of the books I have. Do you have a copy of Secret Flotillas Vol II: Clandestine Sea Operations in the Western Mediterranean, North African & the Adriatic 1940-1944 by Brook Richards? I have the first volume covering...
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Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943
Replies: 13
Views: 9276

Re: Action off Catania on 11th July 1943

Hello Platon Just to add to what Ken has already written of the event, Kenneth Horlock in command of 651 wrote the following brief account of the incident: In January or February it became our turn to go over to Italy to be patched up. Consequently we suffered the usual indignity of having practical...
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Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 116219

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Hello Mark

Did you ever manage to establish what the Shrapnel offshoot at Newcastle trained personnel in by any chance?

Regards
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by Admin
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Pilot Vessel No.4 - sunk 28/11/1940
Replies: 42
Views: 47708

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

I have managed to acquire a copy of the Admiralty file on Patrol Vessel 4 (ADM 358/3797). The pages of most interest are these two which are the last ones in the folder. It would be interesting to learn what an Eng.6 agreement was. A copy of the complete file is available on request. Admin patrol-ve...
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Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?
Replies: 96
Views: 116219

Re: A Long shot - ML 916 and ...?

Dear All I have visited the Public Record Office at Kew and obtained record series ADM 358/2521 and ADM 358/4412 on ML 916. The identity of the other surviving member of ML 916 has been found; he was Able Seaman W C Morrison C/JX 406145. The 358/2521 series also records Lt W B Curtis, Seaman D Frase...

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