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by Peter
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Petty Officer Sydney Scott - MGB 657
Replies: 4
Views: 6759

Re: Petty Officer Sydney Scott - MGB 657

Hi John, Thank for getting touch with us . I was in that area about the same time as Sydney and possibly tied up along side his MGB 657,many times and in many places, I served aboard MGB 647. There is a considerable amount of information about MGB 657 contained in Rover Reynolds book "Dog Boats at W...
by Peter
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: Mysterious battle at Maun Island (23/10/44)
Replies: 12
Views: 18455

Re: Mysterious battle at Maun Island (23/10/44)

Hello there/or my favourite over the Tannoy system " Do you hear there " As a member of the crew of MGB 647 I have been searching for any info re the Maun topic. Was that the name of the Island in 1944 ? The log book reveals that those dates we were escorting the Greek Destroyer Adrias to safety of ...
by Peter
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 35736

Re: MGB 647

Good Morning All
Page2 of Commando report of MGB 647 action on June 10th 1944
Cheers
Peter
by Peter
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 35736

Re: MGB 647

1 MGB 647 action.jpg
Following on from my draft to MGB 647after the action of June 10th 1944 I share with you a report I have received re the action from Royal Marine Commando sources with interesting details that I was never aware of.
The attachment 1 MGB 647 action.jpg is no longer available
by Peter
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 35736

MGB 647 Casualties

On reading todays memorial list 10/6/18 I would like to share with you a page from my memoirs re the action where 3 of the crew including 2 Marine Commando's were killed in action . It was after this action that I was drafted to MGB 647 with some apprehension
Page 33 Memoirs.jpg
by Peter
Sun May 06, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Lt Claude Edward Barnwell RNVR
Replies: 3
Views: 6516

Re: Lt Claude Edward Barnwell RNVR

Hello James
Interesting enquiry re Lt Barnwell , if we are aware of his boat number, I think we stand a chance for further information . Our C/O Lt Mountstephens also received the Greek War Medal aboard MGB 647 for the rescue of the Greek Destroyer Adrias off the Turkish Coast in October 1943
Peter
by Peter
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird
Replies: 7
Views: 10008

Re: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird

Hi MGB 647
I am attaching some photographs from my memoirs.
Hope they are of interest to you.
by Peter
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird
Replies: 7
Views: 10008

Re: MGB 647 - Dicky Bird

Thanks for the memories , I knew Dicky from the early days of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association , he was a pioneer of those early days , it was Dicky who sought the Holiday Company ( Phoenix Travels ) who arranged our fist visit to Yugoslavia as it was then known in 1983. Sadly I was drafted t...
by Peter
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure
Replies: 5
Views: 10878

Re: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure

Dear David
The attachment ML 470 a painting by Harold garland CFVA Artist
Cheers
Peter
by Peter
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure
Replies: 5
Views: 10878

Re: Folkestone Harbour - A Model Railway Adventure

Hi David From a cold and snowy morning in Romford ( as they say just up the line from you at Felixstowe ) , thanks for the showing of your model railway lay out ,it looks very impressive. It was also pleasing to read of your interest in Coastal Forces ML's & HDML's I attaché with some joy the tribut...
by Peter
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: William (Bill) McAngus
Replies: 0
Views: 5559

William (Bill) McAngus

William (Bill) McAngus (Membership No. 159) It is with deep sadness that we learn of the death of Bill McAngus who died aged 90, on the 22nd October 2017, after a long stay in hospital. Bill was one of the pioneers of the London Branch and our pathway in the 1980s for our London Branch meetings at ...
by Peter
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71438

Re: MGB 658

Dear Gail Greetings to your Grandfather, from another Grandad who served aboard MGB 647 during the Italian campaign and then Yugoslavia now Croatia . It is very exciting to read of the exploits of MGB 658 having known and did meet Rover Reynolds within the Coastal Forces Veterans Association . Rover...
by Peter
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Sinking of HM ML 916 November 8th 1944
Replies: 1
Views: 5385

Re: Sinking of HM ML 916 November 8th 1944

Hello Stuart Thank you for your kind words and your sincere appreciation of the success that the Coastal Forces Veterans Association achieved in bringing together and recording the comradeship of those who served in Coastal Forces in world war 2 . As one of the early Members of the Association as Na...
by Peter
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 710
Replies: 7
Views: 10183

Re: MTB 710

Good Morning . I have discovered in my library of Coastal Forces Veterans Assoc. Newsletters the attached report of an action involving MTB 710 that I am sure will be of interest in the current enquiry, plus on the same page a report of HMS Vienna our worthy Base Ship for which we hold many memories...
by Peter
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 710
Replies: 7
Views: 10183

Re: MTB 710

Hello Gareth
I have been able to contact George Chandler who survived the sinking of MTB 710 along with your Grandfather and would be pleased if you contact him on: [Admin: email address redacted]

Cheers
Peter Bickmore BEM
by Peter
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 710
Replies: 7
Views: 10183

Re: MTB 710

Good Morning Gareth Welcome to the Coastal Forces Veterans website Having served in the Adriatic area around the Islands of the then Yugoslavia , I hope that I can help you with your enquiries about MTB 710 and your Grandfather There are comprehensive details about MTB 710 in the book by Rover Reyno...
by Peter
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 338
Replies: 4
Views: 8261

Re: ML 338

Hello David
Having served in Malta ( HMS Gregale ) it is with interest I read your request for information about MLs . All my service was aboard MTB's , on looking through my collection of photo's of ML's I have collected
Good luck on your book of your Grandads Service
Cheers
Peter Bickmore
by Peter
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Web Site main pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 8254

Augusta Sicilly 1943

On our web site , the recent Memorial Page for July recalled the sad loss of MB 316 in that very hostile and brave campaign by Coastal Forces in the Mediterranean during the invasion of Sicily and the invasion of Italy . For me it was my first action and sadly the loss of Shipmate A/B Arnold aboard ...
by Peter
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Web Site main pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 8254

Re: Web Site main pictures

Hi marsie I am happy to answer your enquiry re Harold Garland. I am still in contact with him , he is now in his 91st year . Attached a brief report of his association with the CFVA His first commission was to paint the attached picture Komiza Harbour . In attendance Rear Admiral Morgan Giles and Lt...
by Peter
Sat May 06, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Web Site main pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 8254

Re: Web Site main pictures

Moonligt Patrol.jpg Hi Stuart, Thank you for your response on the enjoyment of the picture in the celebrating the Dutch Commemoration Day . May I also endorse your concern for the security of such pictures and memorabilia is preserved . Artist Harold Garland was a long term work collegue and was co...
by Peter
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 657, 678, 663
Replies: 8
Views: 12113

Re: 657, 678, 663

Hi lebrom
Sorry fogot to add attachment
Peter
by Peter
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: 657, 678, 663
Replies: 8
Views: 12113

Re: 657, 678, 663

Hi lebrom There is much information within the book "Dog Boats at War" by Lt LC Rover Reynolds of which would be of great interest in your quest for information of your Grandad Gordons war service published by Sutton Publishing Co isbn 0-7509-1817-9 attached a page detailing the loss of 657 & 663 . ...
by Peter
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Vosper 363-378 Annapolis Yacht Yard
Replies: 14
Views: 14084

Re: Vosper 363-378 Annapolis Yacht Yard

Hi Vosper Seekers
I am happy to add the attached pictures from my file of MTB 243
Alongside HMS Vienna in Bari Italy in her war paint
On sea trials
Peter
by Peter
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Coastal Forces Models
Topic: Vosper 363-378 Annapolis Yacht Yard
Replies: 14
Views: 14084

Re: Vosper 363-378 Annapolis Yacht Yard

Hi Vosper seekers It is with interest I view the current topic re Vospers . Having served on MTB 243 of 24th Flott. in the Mediterraniun but sadly missed the draft to the 28th Flottilla that replaced them . I attaché for interest paintings by our CFA Artist Harold Garland to add to the topic of Vosp...
by Peter
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: 100th Happy Birthday Vera Lynn
Replies: 1
Views: 4540

100th Happy Birthday Vera Lynn

On behalf of all Veterans of Coastal Forces a sincere and loving tribute to Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday on Monday March 20th Vera Lynn was our inspiration of hope and comfort in our times of loneliness and thoughts of home. Her songs reflected the moods we all endured during our service abroad o...
by Peter
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71438

Re: MGB 658

Welcome Carl to our CFV website Having served in the Adriatic in the same area as your Grandad ( Italy and Yugoslavia ) in 1944/45 on MGB's it would be of interest for you if you could somehow obtain a copy of the book " Dog Boats at War " by Rover Reynolds . I attach details of the reunion on HMS B...
by Peter
Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 341
Replies: 6
Views: 8637

Re: ML 341

hi dsria
Interesting topic re Ml341 2 paintings of the craft you highlighted that would be of interest to you Ml 478 leaving St Angelo Malta and BYMS 2244 in Far east , these paintings were by Marine artist Harold Garland for the Coastal Forces Veterans Assoc,
Peter
by Peter
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 13
Views: 15966

Re: MTB 298

Hi Thanks for the photo of MTB 290 , I notice that she is not fitted with the Radar dome and still has the RDF aerial which was hand operated from within the radio cabin , which leaves me to believe that she like the 24th Flotilla was fitted with the Italian Breda gun on the forcastle .( this gun an...
by Peter
Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 13
Views: 15966

Re: MTB 298

Hi Interesting post re the Italian Breda gun , I recall MTB 243 being fitted with this gun in Brindisi in October 1943 the attached picture of MTB 243 alongside HMS Vienna in Bari pre the air raid of December . also the F Lighters were the main target and a challenge for Coastal Forces during the Ad...
by Peter
Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 19851

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Thank you Arjan ,sorry that in my last post the picture was x 2 it should of been another Harold Garland painting MTB 401 with that up dated Radar
Peter

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