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by Pioneer
Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Any information on Operation Biting?
Replies: 1
Views: 5720

Re: Any information on Operation Biting?

Hello Colin, welcome aboard. Operation Biting is reported in some detail on the Combined Operations website, as you will probably know, but the RN's CF contingent is not identified. Some of our readers may not be able to view your father's Service Record as The World Naval Ships Forums require you t...
by Pioneer
Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: MTB 256 action 26 July 1944
Replies: 13
Views: 16344

Re: MTB 256 action 26 July 1944

L C Reynolds book ‘Home Waters MTB’s & MGB’s at War 1939 -1945’ ISBN 0 7509 2518 3 has the following action on the 26th July 1944. The reference is quoted as being from MO 9084; ADM 199/264; report of CCF (Channel). …A lull during eight nights of bad weather provided a breather from the 19th- 26th J...
by Pioneer
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: MTB 256 action 26 July 1944
Replies: 13
Views: 16344

Re: MTB 256 action 26 July 1944

Hello 'Conundrum' Welcome aboard. For starters , MTB 256 was allocated to the 14th MTB Flotilla. This Flotilla had two Senior Officers (SOs) between 1942–1944. SO 1 Lt F. E. MacVie RN. SO 2 Lt D. G. Shaw RN. Temp Sub Lt John Ainsley Peters RNVR was awarded the DSC – London Gazette 10th October 1944 ...
by Pioneer
Sun Dec 22, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 25065

Re: MGB 81

This is a recent clip from BBC News (22/12/2013). Unfortunately it may not be viewable to those outside of the UK.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25483778 if you can see it, best viewed full screen.
by Pioneer
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 25065

Re: MGB 81

Another fine shot of MGB 81 underway
by Pioneer
Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 608
Replies: 3
Views: 10831

Re: MGB 608

Able Seaman Roy Eric Dearing was awarded the DSM, his citation can be read in the London Gazette (scroll down his name appears on the right).
by Pioneer
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Information please about MGB 57
Replies: 5
Views: 9827

Re: Information please about MGB 57

Hello ‘gerald’ Welcome aboard. If you visit our Boat Database (just type in the boat number – ie 57) you will find the basic details of the craft. Originally laid down as an order for the French Navy being requisitioned by the RN whilst still on the stocks. She was constructed as an MASB (Motor Anti...
by Pioneer
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: HDML Medusa
Replies: 6
Views: 10543

Re: HDML Medusa

A celebration for Medusa's 70th birthday can be seen at this PDF presentation
by Pioneer
Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Petty Officer Wren Phyllis Ward (nee Luke)
Replies: 0
Views: 5476

Petty Officer Wren Phyllis Ward (nee Luke)

Petty Officer Wren Phyllis Ward (nee Luke)

We have been informed of the death of the above CFVA member (2617) who died on the 28th August 2013.
by Pioneer
Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 243
Replies: 9
Views: 16187

Re: MTB 243

Hello 'MBiggs', welcome aboard. The fate of MTB 243 is precisely documented in our Boats database as having been sunk as a target on 22nd August 1944. Her immediate history can be read in Mediterranean MTBs at War by L.C. Reynolds and H.F. Cooper. …For these reasons the role of the 24th Flotilla was...
by Pioneer
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:24 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HDML 1392 12" model
Replies: 3
Views: 6885

Re: HDML 1392 12" model

Hello 'Johnk'

Not sure if you are aware but images of further superb models by Christian can be seen on Flickr - Here
by Pioneer
Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: The British 'Dark' class
Replies: 31
Views: 54512

Re: The British 'Dark' class

Another rare image, courtesy of Dave Mills, that gives a true impression of the size of a Napier Deltic motor. Not sure of what craft this is being fitted but would suggest possibly an early 'Dark'
by Pioneer
Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Coastal Forces Maintenance Units
Replies: 4
Views: 9487

Re: Coastal Forces Maintenance Units

Hello ‘dcrfan’ I do like your detective work – the identifying of the Horche truck - well done. The Med CF mobile units certainly do need further research. Our Mediterranean Map page give a very brief outine but still has many gaps. The importance of Naval Parties (NP’s) in the initial stages of CFM...
by Pioneer
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Coastal Forces Maintenance Units
Replies: 4
Views: 9487

Re: Coastal Forces Maintenance Units

What an interesting find. Thank you 'dcrfan' for the posting. The lower picture of the Bedford truck with trailer has the identity of CFMU 2 on the door. As our Maps Page illustrates, this unit was originally formed in Chatham during May 1944. After D day, as the European War progressed , it spent s...
by Pioneer
Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Electrician Artificer Harry Brown
Replies: 0
Views: 5108

Electrician Artificer Harry Brown

Sad news of former CFVA member (1924) Electrician Artificer Harry Brown crossed the bar on 15th June 2013 aged 87.
The cremation was held at East Riding Crematorium, North Yorkshire, on the 28th June 2013.
Sadly missed by his family and friends – RIP Harry.
by Pioneer
Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: D-Day
Replies: 2
Views: 8574

D-Day

This YouTube clip was produced by our American ally but is interesting in that it shows the allied build up for the invasion in our southern counties. Not much CF action but worth a watch IMO

by Pioneer
Wed May 22, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Service Records
Replies: 0
Views: 7103

Service Records

For service records for persons serving after 1938, you should contact: Data Protection Cell (Navy), Victory View, Building 1/152, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3PX. The Ministry of Defence also holds records of deceased Service Personnel, which have not yet been passed on to the National Archives....
by Pioneer
Thu May 16, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 219
Replies: 9
Views: 17841

MTB 219

An interesting restoration project is planned for MTB 219

We wish them well.
by Pioneer
Tue May 07, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles
Replies: 1
Views: 6990

Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles

Another great name within Coastal Forces, Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles, crossed the bar on May 4th 2013. This very colourful character, known to many CF veterans as 'SNO-VIS' (or more properly as Senior Naval Officer - Vis), was very forthright with his views on many aspects of Naval life an...
by Pioneer
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leonard C. Reynolds OBE, DSC, DL, JP
Replies: 0
Views: 5428

Leonard C. Reynolds OBE, DSC, DL, JP

Sad news; Leonard 'Rover' Reynolds crossed the Bar on 18th April 2013.
See This Here
by Pioneer
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HDML 1009
Replies: 0
Views: 5192

HDML 1009

Peter Stern has completed a superb model of the early HDML 1009. This version had the short Bridge structure, so faithfully reproduced here, a truly superb model in 1/24 scale. The original was built by Anderson Rigden & Perkins (Whitstable, England, U.K.) Ordered on the 17 Jan 1940, Commissioned on...
by Pioneer
Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 671
Replies: 5
Views: 5665

Re: MTB 671

Hello 'gibbo333' Welcome aboard Have you read Ken Forrester's account of this action?? see http://cfv.org.uk/mess-deck/library/if-i-only-had-known. Mr Ken Forrester was aboard MTB 632 during this battle, witnessing the loss of 671 from his position in the Pom-Pom turret - he now being the sole survi...
by Pioneer
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Bloodhound
Replies: 4
Views: 5173

Re: Bloodhound

‘Bloodhound’ was built by Vosper to the Admiralty order of CP BR 8A/28281/37 in October 1937. She was designated as an ‘MTDV’ (mobile torpedo discharge vessel). She was built to a 68ft design having a single 21” trainable Torpedo tube mounted amidships just aft of a small wheelhouse. She was powered...
by Pioneer
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Ostend Disaster
Replies: 9
Views: 14267

Re: Ostend Disaster

This web site recently commemorated the 68th anniversary of the Ostend disaster in which the 29th Canadian MTB Flotilla was virtually destroyed. However, the mundane workings of MTB Flotilla's are not so widely known, other than clashing with the enemy during brutal skirmishes at night. Here is an a...
by Pioneer
Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 440
Replies: 5
Views: 8088

Re: MTB 440

Hello Eric, welcome aboard. I see that you were a member of the CFVA (membership number1980) and that you reside in Dewsbury West Yorks. Glad that you have found us. Regarding the CF museum at Portsmouth, I'm not too sure how far they have got but I do understand that things are moving along well - ...
by Pioneer
Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 269
Replies: 25
Views: 35202

Re: ML 269

Hello 'kenjoyce'

Welcome aboard, we hope that you enjoy this Forum.

If you have any further info - photo's or reminisces - please feel free to share them with us.

Best Regards
by Pioneer
Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: The Former HMS Gay Archer
Replies: 10
Views: 19928

Re: The Former HMS Gay Archer

Some relatively 'old' footage of the Gay Archer leaving Watchet Harbour.

by Pioneer
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Able Seaman Bertram Thomas Foulds
Replies: 0
Views: 5250

Able Seaman Bertram Thomas Foulds

Sad news; former London Branch member Bert Foulds has Crossed the Bar.
by Pioneer
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 490
Replies: 10
Views: 16023

Re: MTB 490

Hello 'sonofasailor'
Welcome aboard.
It would be very interesting to see that image of the crew of MTB 490, somebody may be able to put 'a face to a name' in their own research. If you have difficulty in uploading any images- just drop me a PM.
Regards
by Pioneer
Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Coastal Forces Hulls in 1/72nd and 1/35th Scale
Replies: 11
Views: 15676

Re: Coastal Forces Hulls in 1/72nd and 1/35th Scale

Thank you Christian
Not a shortened Fairmile after all:) a good looking craft as you say but post war I would guess??
Thanks again
Ted

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