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by Pioneer
Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Last Action of the War
Replies: 9
Views: 12590

Re: Last Action of the War

ML 1479 - is causing a little problem. British "B" ML's appear to have been renumbered in the 2xxxx 5 and 6xxxx series etc Maybe someone else can properly ID this craft. Some "B" craft were built for the USN (classified and numbered as Sub Chasers) some were later transfered to the Burmese Navy afte...
by Pioneer
Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Last Action of the War
Replies: 9
Views: 12590

Re: Last Action of the War

Hello dutch A little more information on ML 869. She was a very late built vessel - completed April 1945 (built by Messrs Beheral Company, El Gamel, Egypt). She was renumbered twice - ML 6005 then to - ML 2869. She was placed on the Disposal List (in Ceylon) and sold around 1951. Still trying to tra...
by Pioneer
Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: St Nazaire Raid
Replies: 4
Views: 10653

St Nazaire Raid

A very brief glimpse, via a recent YouTube clip, of the life and experiences of a 96 year old veteran, Michael Burn M.C. The St Nazaire raid of WW2 was a 'Combined Ops' engagement but its conception was first seeded by Lt Cdr G. Gonin RN.

YouTube clip has been removed
by Pioneer
Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: General Modeling
Replies: 1
Views: 6064

General Modeling

Here it is hoped that models, other than those built by Veteran's, can be discussed and illustrated.
by Pioneer
Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:05 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Nice Model of an Elco
Replies: 0
Views: 6027

Nice Model of an Elco

Here is a clip of a very nice model of an Elco PT boat (not too sure of the music though :| )
Best viewed in large screen mode.
by Pioneer
Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:08 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: James Henry Brooks and fellow sailors
Replies: 3
Views: 5620

Re: James Henry Brooks and fellow sailors

Hello again Alan Wallis Randall still has not come back with an answer yet. (he was on ML's out of Malta at one time) but more importantly for you here - he has a complete List of former CFVA members, a 'trawl' through that may just turn up a few of the names. I have a copy of the final List but mos...
by Pioneer
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:30 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: James Henry Brooks and fellow sailors
Replies: 3
Views: 5620

Still trying to contact Wallis Randall Alan, have not forgotten, will get back to you.
Regards
by Pioneer
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 2nd ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 8772

Re: 2nd ML Flotilla

Than you Brian for the info - much appreciated.
Regards
by Pioneer
Sat May 23, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta
Replies: 15
Views: 28867

Re: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta

Hello again Alan I was editing my previous post when you answered. My sincere appologies for not having realised that your Grand Father had crossed the bar. Regarding 'Hurts Certificates' this was a recognition that person(s) when being discharged - had been injured in some way. (either by enemy act...
by Pioneer
Sat May 23, 2009 8:22 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta
Replies: 15
Views: 28867

Re: 3rd Flotilla ML Malta

Hello Alan Welcome aboard. Wallis Randall, our Vice Chair, was on ML 567 in the Mediterranean. (it is his boat 'sweeping' in the Bay of Naples shown at the bottom of our Home Page). I shall ask over the weekend whether he remembers your Grand Father and back to you. I see that Grand Dad was not a me...
by Pioneer
Thu May 07, 2009 10:32 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 11593

Re: MTB 245

Hello again Brian,
Many thanks again for posting this interesting brief of the boats War time activities.
Your posts certainly show that you have more than just an interest - keep them coming.
I have sent you a PM.
Best Wishes
by Pioneer
Wed May 06, 2009 10:39 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 38424

Hello Brian...Welcome aboard and thank you for your comprhensive short history on some of the War activities of MTB 647. As you may know - the London Branch has a couple of the members of the crew of 647 (Peter Bickmore BEM and Dennis Reeve) while our Chairman was a member of the crew on 651. Many t...
by Pioneer
Fri May 01, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 38424

647

Hello 'Rampant' Welcome aboard, very glad that you found us. We have a couple of London Branch members who were actually on 647 - Peter Bickmore BEM (who will be contacting you) and Dennis Reeve who unfortunately is not 'on line', but I understand from our Chairman Ken G, he may be contacting you by...
by Pioneer
Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:54 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 2nd ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 8772

Re: 2nd ML Flotilla

Hello 'copley', welcome aboard. I shall make some enquires elsewhere regarding ML 120 and see whether any Branch members know any of her crew.(there is a Branch meeting on 17th May but I have e-mail and telephone contact with a few). As you have made a model of her I would guess that you know most o...
by Pioneer
Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:50 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Veterans Models
Replies: 2
Views: 7435

Veterans' Models

Our contributor, for this series of articles, has been unavoidably delayed in the production of this work. Hope to have news later.
by Pioneer
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action at the end of the War
Replies: 4
Views: 9866

Re: Action at the end of the War

Hello Roger Yes I do believe that the claim for the last Coastal Forces action is a little misleading—the Far Eastern War had a few months to run as we know. I have read that even well after August 1945 there were several skirmishes with Japanese military who either were not aware that it was finall...
by Pioneer
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Italy 1944–1946
Replies: 2
Views: 5999

Re: Italy 1944–1946

Hello 'jdcboss' - Welcome Aboard The CF 16 that you quote may just be an early base number given for easy identification and for ease of transmission — I stand to be corrected on that — but I shall try and get some further information. The story of HMS St Angelo is a little more easier to state with...
by Pioneer
Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:15 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 11593

Re: MTB 245

The owner of 245, advises that the boat will move from its berth this Sunday, to a berth further down the River Itchen. The new owner is, apparently, going to replace the on deck structure with a more MTB style superstructure, and continue to use the boat as a house boat. We will endeavour to update...
by Pioneer
Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Action at the end of the War
Replies: 4
Views: 9866

Re: Action at the end of the War

Hello Julie, It can be quoted with absolute certainty that it was the last action fought by the 22nd MTB Flotilla. On the wider issue - it may be claimed, with some justification, that it could have been the last action fought by CF units but let us not forget that several ML flotillas (and other Na...
by Pioneer
Tue Feb 10, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 11593

MTB 245

MTB 245 (presently a Houseboat on the Sth Coast) has recently been the the subject of a feasibility study by the British Military Powerboat Trust, with the aim of returning her to its former glory of a naval vessel. Owing to a very tight time frame (to be moved off current berth by end of February '...
by Pioneer
Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: Canadian MTBs in Action
Replies: 0
Views: 6603

Canadian MTBs in Action

This YouTube footage is of poor quality—it is a shame that Zagreus Films did not tidy it up a little. Originally a propaganda film issued by the Canadian Government, the last few frames do show some of the realities of war, with ambulances waiting at the quayside, and the transfer of casualties. The...
by Pioneer
Sat Jan 24, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Roderick Timms RNVR
Replies: 0
Views: 3527

Roderick Timms RNVR

Have just found this web site. It is well worth a visit - fascinating insight of a man's rise through the ranks to become a CO of an MTB.
http://www.rodericktimms.royalnavy.co.uk
by Pioneer
Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: CFVA Reunion 1st - 4th May 2009
Replies: 1
Views: 5967

Reunion

Hello Mark,
I think that this may be brought this up at the AGM on January 18th.
Regards and Best wishes to all for 2009
by Pioneer
Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Coastal Forces Models
Replies: 2
Views: 7176

Your Web Site

Hello 'Horst'
I have just had a good look around your site - and your models do look superb.
When is a "D" or BPB 'short' boat being made available?
I would hope that one of the kits - if built by a veteran - may eventually find its way onto the coming modelling page (when it arrives :oops: )
by Pioneer
Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Veterans Models
Replies: 3
Views: 8598

Models

Hello 'justaveteran'
The latest Newsletter (Dec 09 ) gives the dates in the Vice Chair report - off the top of my head I think it is from the 16th Jan'09 :roll:
Have a great Christmas all
From the Team.
by Pioneer
Sat Nov 29, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 2nd MTB Flotilla
Replies: 0
Views: 3634

2nd MTB Flotilla

A well researched article on the escape of the remnants of the 2nd MTB Flotilla from Hong Kong.
by Pioneer
Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:54 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Veterans Models
Replies: 2
Views: 7435

Veterans Models

Hopefully the 'new' pages should arrive on the main site soon :roll:
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Veterans Models
Replies: 3
Views: 8598

Veterans Models

There is a strong possibility that the main site will soon have pages dedicated to models built by veteran's.
Hopefully this will be produced and managed by the former President of the Welwyn Garden City Society of Model Engineers.
by Pioneer
Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 102 Trust
Replies: 0
Views: 3926

MTB 102 Trust

News of the aquisition of Newson's Yard at Lowestoft by the MTB 102 Trust is most certainly a move that will be welcomed by those who have an interest in the preservation of our heritage. It may be remembered that MTB 102 tied up alongside HMS Belfast in the Pool of London not too long ago (ably ass...
by Pioneer
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:12 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Peter Henry DSM
Replies: 1
Views: 5991

Peter Henry DSM

Dear Zoe,
I have sent a 'Private Message'
Sorry that our 'welcome' is under such sad circumstances.
Hope to hear from you soon
Regards

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