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by Pioneer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Sir Derrick Holden-Brown
Replies: 0
Views: 5718

Sir Derrick Holden-Brown

Sir Derrick Holden-Brown We are sad to report the news of the passing on Tuesday 6th March of Sir Derrick Holden-Brown. He served with distinction as Navigator and 1st Lt in Dog Boats in the Mediterranean, first with the Canadian CO Tom Ladner DSO, in MGB 663. Eighteen months later, after MGB 663 w...
by Pioneer
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Post War Swedish MTB's
Replies: 1
Views: 6997

Post War Swedish MTB's

Well known footage of Swedish Motor Torpedo Boat's T56 and T26.
Impressive 'start up' sounds. Best viewed in wide screen.

by Pioneer
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 25066

Re: MGB 81

Time lapse YouTube clip of engine removal
by Pioneer
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 25066

Re: MGB 81

Some recent news that many may have missed regarding Motor Gun Boat 81.
Now being restored and re-engined at Berthon Marine Services Yard - see [HERE]
and also at http://www.berthon.co.uk/berthon-blog/m ... continues/
by Pioneer
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 1301 'Meda'
Replies: 12
Views: 20165

Re: ML 1301 'Meda'

ML 1301 now has her own website - click for the English version
https://mecmuseum.nl/hdml-1301/
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Telegraphist Alfred Solomon. CFVA number 2684
Replies: 0
Views: 5567

Telegraphist Alfred Solomon. CFVA number 2684

It is with great sadness that we report that Alfred Soloman 'crossed the bar' on 6th November 2017. Alf was a Telegraphist serving on MGB’s 330–644-612 and was drafted to replace the usual Telegraphist for one day, fatefully being on board MTB 622 on her final mission - sunk March 1943. Alf spent th...
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie
Replies: 3
Views: 6640

Re: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie

Hello again 'Tommo' Sorry that I'm a little late with this reply (off line for a few days). I am sure that you are aware that MGB 89 was an American built 70ft Elco, formally one of USN PT boat's 1-11. She had 4 awards by RN crew members. Petty Officer Motor Mechanic William John Edward LAST. MID P/...
by Pioneer
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie
Replies: 3
Views: 6640

Re: Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie

Hello 'Tommo' Welcome aboard. You may have traced all of the following by using the sites databases but in case that you were unable to reach the correct page of the London Gazette - page 41 lists the name of your father - page 42 gives the citation. Able Seaman Peter Colin Wilkie, P/JX. 298632 (Sto...
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 4
Views: 10903

Re: HMS Brave Swordsman

Latest update from Mike. "...I am about make the Sights and from John Lambert's schematic's drawings it’s looks a bit daunting, due to the complexity and the bits and pieces that it has in the drawing it will be a challenge to replicate..." and "...I’ve had a ball making the 2 guns so far. The one o...
by Pioneer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2
Replies: 2
Views: 6115

Re: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2

Thank you Steve
I have modified the post and substituted the link - a much clearer recording as you say and without the timing scroll. Thank you again for the 'heads up'
by Pioneer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2
Replies: 2
Views: 6115

The RN's Light Coastal Forces during WW2

Some classic shots of 'short' boats, the East Coast base has been identified as Weymouth. Familiar 'action clips', best viewed in 'wide screen'.
by Pioneer
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: James Frederick (Nick) Carter
Replies: 0
Views: 5721

James Frederick (Nick) Carter

It is sad to relate that London Branch member 'Nick' Carter sadly crossed the bar on Tuesday 25th July, age 99. A long time member of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association - CFVA Membership number of 1049 - attending many meetings of the London Branch but lately had been unable to make the ...
by Pioneer
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.
Replies: 2
Views: 5603

Re: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.

Brian's funeral will be held on Wednesday 16th August at 1.15 pm at Portchester Crematorium. Details of how to get there can be found on the following link

http://www.portchestercrematorium.org/c ... tro.aspx
by Pioneer
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.
Replies: 2
Views: 5603

Re: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.

Alan Watson. owner of the 'Medusa', has passed this over: "I have to pass on the sad news that Brian Holmes has passed away. A few days silence from him on e-mail and phone lead to increasing concern and when he did not show up for Medusa trips over the last two days plus a concerned call from his s...
by Pioneer
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Brian Holmes. R.I.P.
Replies: 2
Views: 5603

Brian Holmes. R.I.P.

It was a great shock to hear that Brian Holmes had crossed the bar. Brian,Cox'n of the Medusa, was a serious contributor to this website, his accurate and detailed contributions will be sorely missed. Not much is known of the circumstances of Brian's passing - I will update this sad post when they b...
by Pioneer
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: The British 'Dark' class
Replies: 31
Views: 54512

Re: The British 'Dark' class

Hello Roman I'm glad that you found us. Welcome aboard. This Topic has been very quiet of late but as you will have read there is quite a lot of information within. The detail that you require may now be difficult to trace but there are quite a few modellers who may be able to point you in the right...
by Pioneer
Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: Dunkirk Documentary
Replies: 0
Views: 5617

Dunkirk Documentary

Sunday night on Channel 4 at 8pm
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by Pioneer
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: L/Sea Stanley Campion MID
Replies: 0
Views: 5738

L/Sea Stanley Campion MID

Very sad to report that Stanley Campion MID crossed the bar on 29 May 2017. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very sad time. Stanley served on board MTBs 408, 658, 662. He later served on Control Target Boat CRT41 and as Coxn on Torpedo Recovery Boat TRB1. His award of MID can be...
by Pioneer
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: Answer to E-Boats?
Replies: 0
Views: 16129

Answer to E-Boats?

Some old Pathe propaganda footage commenting that the then latest Fairmile 'C' was a match for the German E-Boats. [Best viewed full screen]
by Pioneer
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: 100th Happy Birthday Vera Lynn
Replies: 1
Views: 5504

Re: 100th Happy Birthday Vera Lynn

You may like to watch this Peter - get your handkerchief ready:-)

by Pioneer
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: Royal Navy at War in Colour
Replies: 1
Views: 5406

Royal Navy at War in Colour

Courtesy of IWM, a rare colour film of the Royal Navy - late 30's and early war years.
Primarily showing the 'Big Ship' navy, however the 2nd MTB Flotilla (Hong Kong) can be seen at 22:20min
by Pioneer
Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667
Replies: 21
Views: 25534

Re: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667

MTB 637 Fairmile 115' D-Type Motor Torpedo Boat Builder's Yard: Alexander Robertson, Sandbank, Argylshire Completion: January 1943 Loss or Disposal: 30th January 1946 Notes: MTB 637 was lost on passage between Malta-Alexandria on 30 January 1946. One of eleven earmarked for the Royal Egyptian Coast ...
by Pioneer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 4
Views: 10903

Re: HMS Brave Swordsman

An update on the progress with the two guns - the image speaks for itself - just beautiful.
The Guns 004.JPG
by Pioneer
Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 29th Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla
Replies: 3
Views: 10866

Re: 29th Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla

Welcome aboard 'max930' glad that you found us.
by Pioneer
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: The Coastal Forces Heritage Trust
Replies: 1
Views: 4627

The Coastal Forces Heritage Trust

I have seen that the CFHT have been awarded a large grant to further promote the heroic work of Coastal Forces during WW2. The RN museum at Gosport will certainly be a place to visit in the future. You can read more from http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/defence/new-gosport-attraction-to-mark-heroism...
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Web Site
Replies: 6
Views: 12595

Re: Web Site

Yes Roger, thanks for the heads up - 'tis done.
We have been the target for several attacks recently but our webmaster is on top of it and has beefed up the Forum's security.
Regards
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: CPO William George Clarke
Replies: 0
Views: 5625

CPO William George Clarke

It is always very sad to report the passing of a London Branch member. Bill Clarke crossed the bar on the 12 October. He was a keen member of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association, an early 'founding member' having the very low membership number of 80. He will be remembered as a keen modeller havi...
by Pioneer
Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: An interesting development?
Replies: 10
Views: 11168

Re: An interesting development?

I can see that there may have been a later update on Facebook We're in the process of tucking our little MASB up nice and cosy ahead of the winter chill! This is the last time we'll see her from any distance for a good while, but we are all so excited to get cracking and start bringing her back to l...
by Pioneer
Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: HMS Brave Swordsman
Replies: 4
Views: 10903

HMS Brave Swordsman

Now and again the skills of a modeller sometimes are quite awe inspiring. Although only just outside of our CF timeframe - the original, and quite revolutionary gas turbine powered HMS Swordsman, being launched in 1957. Mike Harrison from New Zealand is building a 5ft plus model of this craft - not ...
by Pioneer
Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: An interesting development?
Replies: 10
Views: 11168

Re: An interesting development?

Hello johnk
I understand that she was moved by road to Chester in April 2016?? - maybe the 'Childs Navy' sold her on? :-)

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