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by Pioneer
Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Wren Betty C Smith
Replies: 0
Views: 5128

Wren Betty C Smith

We have been informed of the death of Wren Betty C Smith (nee Peate).
Having served at HMS’s St Christopher, Eaglet, Monck; she ‘crossed the bar’ during August 2014. A long time member of the CFVA (1555) she will be sadly missed by family and friends.
by Pioneer
Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Petty Officer Motor Mechanic Charles Stanley Rundle MID
Replies: 0
Views: 5191

Petty Officer Motor Mechanic Charles Stanley Rundle MID

Sad to hear that Petty Officer Motor Mechanic Charles Stanley Rundle MID (Mentioned in Dispatches) crossed the bar on the 27th September 2014 after a short illness. Charles served on MTB 298 (sunk Med July 1943) then on MTB 298 (which later transferred to the Royal Indian Navy). ‘Lest we Forget’
by Pioneer
Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 45 S3
Replies: 1
Views: 5749

Re: MGB 45 S3

Hello 'Jerry' Welcome aboard. I would suggest that you make contact with Paul Childs, or his son Owen, owners of several CF craft now based in Torquay. You can send Owen a Private message from this site or make contact through their website http://www.militaryboats.org/ A very approachable team who ...
by Pioneer
Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MASB 27
Replies: 2
Views: 6240

Re: MASB 27

I see that Owen Childs has posted some very interesting photos of the progress with the restoration of MASB 27. They can be seen HERE
by Pioneer
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: Television or Film Production
Topic: Tiffy - Post War
Replies: 0
Views: 6190

Tiffy - Post War

An interesting film of the RN in the late 1940's/early 1950's. The ERA's are seen in various rolls - Engineering - Electrical - Ordnance - Aircraft - Submarines, plus a short sequence of their work with CF - MTB's and Gun Boats etc.

by Pioneer
Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 38424

Re: MGB 647

Peter Bickmore BEM has asked that I try to post a copy of a page from 647's Log Book.
October 1943 - March 1944. Peter was not aboard 647 until June 1944
Log book page 30001.jpg
by Pioneer
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 269
Replies: 25
Views: 35202

Re: ML 269

A/B W. McNemeny's death is recorded in our database also if you make your selection by Casualties - Unit - ML - 904. Note the slight difference in the spelling.
Regards
by Pioneer
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:45 pm
Forum: Newsreel Footage
Topic: IWM compilation
Replies: 1
Views: 5508

IWM compilation

A compilation of well known footage skilfully amalgamated into a most watchable video.
by Pioneer
Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Vosper MTB 74
Replies: 4
Views: 6436

Re: Vosper MTB 74

Hello 'GCU Grey Area' A belated 'Welcome Aboard':) There a couple of images of the paint scheme of a model of MTB 74 at http://www.bmpt.co.uk/mtb-74_topic235.html . Although a 'model' - I know Dave Abbot, met him several times at the Luton Model Boat Club, and would vouch for his research (and obvio...
by Pioneer
Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 81
Replies: 17
Views: 25066

Re: MGB 81

A beautiful shot of 81 returning from France after the recent D-Day commemorations (flying a White Ensign??)
mgb-81-aa.jpg
Photo: R. Hellyer
by Pioneer
Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: 5 Admirals aboard the 'Medusa'
Replies: 3
Views: 6691

Re: 5 Admirals aboard the 'Medusa'

The person talking to HRH, the Princess Royal, in the above photo is ex-Ldg Seaman Douglas Withey. He was the Oerlikon gunner aboard ML 1387 on D-Day - and had a grandstand view of the first landings on the Omaha beachhead. ML 1387 had been detailed to act as a guiding ‘radio beacon’ for the followi...
by Pioneer
Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:00 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: 5 Admirals aboard the 'Medusa'
Replies: 3
Views: 6691

5 Admirals aboard the 'Medusa'

Admiral and Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy, HRH Anne Princess Royal, aboard ML 1387 'Medusa' during the recent 70th anniversary D-Day celebrations.
d-day6.jpg
Photo: D. Carter
by Pioneer
Sun May 18, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Fast Patrol Boats
Topic: HMS Dark Biter's 40mm Bofors
Replies: 2
Views: 6245

Re: HMS Dark Biter's 40mm Bofors

Hello 'Chrisdy' Welcome aboard Although the Dark class never saw action, you are correct, there were two main components to a 40mm Gun crew (with possibly a third to bring ammunition from a ready use Locker). The Gun Layer/Trainer/Firer would be seated on the Port Side with the Gun Loader standing o...
by Pioneer
Sun May 04, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Coastal Forces gathering at Brixham
Replies: 0
Views: 4911

Coastal Forces gathering at Brixham

An interesting gathering of ex-CF vessels is reported on the BMPT website.
The craft sailed from Watchet Harbour, evidently on their way to Torquay to establish another Home Base.
by Pioneer
Fri May 02, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 130
Replies: 15
Views: 17406

Re: ML 130

From our Boat Database (Losses by Date - 7 May 1942) - "ML 130 was sunk off Malta by gunfire from E-Boats". Four recorded deaths - see our Casualty Database
by Pioneer
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Books & Magazines
Topic: Allied Coastal Forces of WWII: Volume 1
Replies: 6
Views: 10323

Re: Allied Coastal Forces of WWII: Volume 1

Not exactly volume 1 but does anyone have news on volume 3 ? I am researching British Power Boats and volume 3 would be ideal.
Not exactly a book! but you may find that this website could assist you with your research? http://www.yalumba.co.uk/Framesets/Brit ... t%20Co.htm
by Pioneer
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:52 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Lieutenant John Lloyd
Replies: 0
Views: 5043

Lieutenant John Lloyd

Sad to relate that long time London Branch member John Lloyd has 'crossed the bar'.
Former 1st Lt of HDML 1392
by Pioneer
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 466
Replies: 10
Views: 13834

Re: ML 466

From our Boat Database
Fairmile Motor Launch (B ML) Length: 112'
Builder's Yard: Itchenor Shipyard, Itchenor, Essex
Completion Date: 31st March 1942 Loss or Disposal Date: 25th March 1945
Notes: ML 466 was mined off Walcheren on 25 March 1945.
by Pioneer
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 415
Replies: 11
Views: 14677

Re: MTB 415

If your interest is wider than the history of RN and Commonwealth Coastal Forces then I would definitely state Yes. The BMPT site caters mainly for interests in the preservation/restoration of ex-military craft, whether RN, RAF or even those belonging to the former enemy, the membership reflecting a...
by Pioneer
Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: General Organisation
Topic: Uniform in general use by MTB crews
Replies: 18
Views: 23786

Re: Uniform in general use by MTB crews

Hello 'dutch' Normal sea going rig in Home Waters would be white woollen sea jerseys as worn by submariner's etc. Life jackets would be the pusser's issue as per 'Big Ships' of the RN but, due to the nature of operations in 'small ships' other, probably 'acquired', types were commonly seen. The dist...
by Pioneer
Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 415
Replies: 11
Views: 14677

Re: MTB 415

Welcome aboard Rolf - hope that you enjoy what the site has to offer. For starters - This boat was ordered in November 1940 as a Motor Anti-Submarine Boat (MASB) but was completed as a Motor Gun Boat (MGB). It was converted for use as a Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB 415) in September 1943, survived the wa...
by Pioneer
Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Books & Magazines
Topic: Allied Coastal Forces of WWII: Volume 1
Replies: 6
Views: 10323

Re: Allied Coastal Forces of WWII: Volume 1

Volume 3 has never been published. John Lambert, one of the two authors of the series, has confirmed that this volume, though completed in draft form, has been put 'on hold' for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, it will eventually see the light of day; in my opinion it would surely have been a grea...
by Pioneer
Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 622
Replies: 7
Views: 14467

Re: MTB 622

Harry Leader, a former London Branch member, gave me an indepth account of the loss of MTB 622, he being one of only 10 survivors when she was lost off the coast of Holland on the night of March 9th/10th 1943. Taking several high calibre hits, 622 caught fire and eventually exploded. Blown into the ...
by Pioneer
Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Able Seaman Joseph Drabble
Replies: 0
Views: 5053

Able Seaman Joseph Drabble

It is always with sadness when we record the death of a former Coastal Forces veteran. Joseph Drabble, AB/AA3 served on MTBs 234, 255, 233 and HDML 1080. He held the CFVA membership number of 2153.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
by Pioneer
Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Coastal Forces, the lost experiences of WW1
Replies: 1
Views: 6456

Re: Coastal Forces, the lost experiences of WW1

A very interesting website Dave, many thanks for posting the link. Having read through most of the internal links within the site, it baffles me to read that such large orders were placed abroad at a time when real hardship (through lack of orders) was being experienced in our own boat building indu...
by Pioneer
Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 262
Replies: 3
Views: 6804

Re: MTB 262

Hello David The tragedy that befell MTB 262 is fully described in “Mediterranean MTB’s at War” by L.C. Reynolds and H.H. Cooper Basically; she was on an independent Mine laying operation off the Coast of Galita Island. This was a ‘working up’ exercise after major repairs when, to the CO’s horror (Lt...
by Pioneer
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Leslie Fish
Replies: 2
Views: 6048

Re: Leading Stoker Leslie Fish

It is always very sad to hear of the departing of our Coastal Forces members. Please accept our sincere condolences Tina, our thoughts are with you and the family at this sad time.
by Pioneer
Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Motor Launch at Galmpton Creek, Dartmouth
Replies: 8
Views: 11353

Re: Motor Launch at Galmpton Creek, Dartmouth

Hello Steve, welcome aboard. I think that the boat you are referring to is former RML 535 . She was the first of the Western Lady ferry boats situated on the River Dart. There is an image of her on the Simplon Postcards site. Scroll down the page a little to see her very sorry state as seen in 2007....
by Pioneer
Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Lieutenant Hugh Arnold DSC
Replies: 0
Views: 5108

Lieutenant Hugh Arnold DSC

Hugh Arnold, survivor of the raid on St Nazaire in which he won the DSC, died on the 17th December 2013.
A full Obituary can be read in the The Daily Telegraph
by Pioneer
Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: MTB 2016 trip after WW2
Replies: 1
Views: 5609

Re: MTB 2016 trip after WW2

Yes, post war there were several trips made by RN vessels around the UK to 'show the flag' as a recruitment drive. With the demob of Hostilities Only personnel there were fears of a shortage of manpower, the Cold War having just begun. MTB 2016, a Camper Nicholson design, had several changes to her ...

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