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by Peter
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281
Replies: 18
Views: 19851

Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

MTB 410.jpg MTB 410.jpg It is with some interest that I join in this post . The 28th Flotilla was made up of as we knew them as American Vospers and as a Radar operator was keenly interested in their very updated dome Radar,( ie PPI ) this flotilla joined in the Yugoslav Island campaign late in the...
by Peter
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Peter Douglas BARLOW, DSC ... MGB 659
Replies: 6
Views: 8661

Re: Peter Douglas BARLOW, DSC ... MGB 659

Greetings Herve It is with interest that I read of the exploits of MGB 659 having served aboard MGB 647 I can recall many of those actions mentioned , looking through Rover Reynolds " Dog Boats at War " those details are recorded but sadly no photographs of Peter D Barlow . although his name is ment...
by Peter
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 35735

Re: MGB 647

Hello MGB 647
I served aboard MGB 647 from June 1944 till she paid off in Malta in July 1945 , and I recall George Woods , affectionately known among the crew as Wee Georgie Woods
More of our history on our website " Pirates of Dalmtia "
Cheers
Peter Bickmore BEM
by Peter
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Franklyn (Frank) Charles Burke ML 136, MTB 46 & MTB 256
Replies: 2
Views: 5481

Re: Franklyn (Frank) Charles Burke ML 136, MTB 46 & MTB 256

Hello Stephen Welcome - Some information about your uncle Frank re MTB 256 is recorded in Rover Reynolds book Home Waters MTB's & MGB's at War 1939-1945 .with reported action in the English Channel on Nov.16th 1943 and also action that took place on 24th/25th August 1944 . I am not certain of the av...
by Peter
Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

Can only suggest that the photo was passed by the censor as all mail was subject to censorship by the C/O in this
case Rover Reynolds , Usually we did not seal our mail which was passed on to the C/O for censorship
Peter A/B Radar
by Peter
Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:28 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Medusa 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 9731

Re: Medusa 2016

Hi Medusa
Great pictures of her being dry docked wish her well for the coming season
Cheers
Peter
by Peter
Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

Close up of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association Memorial on Komiza Jetty September 2000
by Peter
Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

Remembering.jpg
Hello Gail
Vis Memorial Ceremony Wreath laid by Reg Ellis MTB 242 Vis Veteran
by Peter
Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

Eternal Father Strong to save.jpg Hi Gail What a great photo of MGB 658 tied up along the jetty at Komiza. There has been little change to the scenery during the last 70 years, the bollards are still used but they have built a protective wall along the length of the jetty on to which you can see we...
by Peter
Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

The photos are interesting, in that in you original enquiry MGB 658 was fitted with what has become known as PPI Radar hence the dome near the bridge, at that time it was a very secret and was fitted to selective boats about AUG 1944. This may be a clue to your latest photo showing no Radar dome in...
by Peter
Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

Dear Gail Whay a great delight to read your post re MGB 658. Firstly I wish your Father well, and reading your post it would seem that we both trod the same path in our war service. I was also a Radar Operator joined HMS Collingwood in late December 1942 when after 10 weeks seamanship training draft...
by Peter
Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

Losses in the Adriatic.jpg
Hi Grandson
From within my memorabilia files a interesting map of the area within MGB658 operated during the final stages of the Adriatic campaign
Cheers
Peter
by Peter
Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:57 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

Hi Grandson [attachment=0]Page 6 MGB 647 Log book.jpg You have certainly generated a very interesting topic re information of MGB 658 . May I suggest the dates refer to April 12th / 13th 1045 . I attaché a page from the log book of MGB 647 on which I was the Radar Operartor at that time , and it sho...
by Peter
Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

MGB 658

Hi Grandson It is a great pleasure and enormous interest to be able to hopefully reveal some of the details of your Grandads service on MGB 658. His service record is interesting in that he was a Telegraphist (Sparker) and that he was a Chatham rating—HMS Pembroke—and that his service records reveal...
by Peter
Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 658
Replies: 79
Views: 71430

Re: MGB 658

Hi Grandson I am delighted to read your request for information re MGB 658 . As a Grandfather I appreciate the enquiries the younger members of our Families seek. I well recall MGB 658 in the Island campaign of the then Yugoslavia . I was the Radar operator on MGB 647 also in that area of war. I hav...
by Peter
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 & 392 Douglas Hunt DSC
Replies: 7
Views: 10321

Re: MTB 245 & 392 Douglas Hunt DSC

Greetings Richard It is with great interest to view your request details of your late Uncle Douglas Hunt. During my term of Sect. of the now paid off Coastal Forces Veterans Association it was my great pleasure to meet Douglas on many occasions and reunions, especially at the gatherings of the Offic...
by Peter
Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:19 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Iris Clements
Replies: 0
Views: 5241

Iris Clements

It is with deep sadness we learn of the death of Iris Clements. Iris will always be remembered for her dedicated support for her late Husband Ron, who for many years was the Social Secretary of the London Branch. Of the many activities they arranged I well recall the London Branch visits to the Towe...
by Peter
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:03 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 633
Replies: 8
Views: 8965

Re: MTB 633

MGB 647 was with those 11 boats lost in a storm being towed to Alexandria in 1946 . I have great memories of the 12 months I was part of her crew , before leaving her in Malta in June 1945 . These boats were home for some 2 years for many who sailed with them from the UK in 1943 crossing the Bay of ...
by Peter
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 633
Replies: 8
Views: 8965

Re: MTB 633

Good Evening Victoria I read your request about MTB 633 , and I can only follow on from my post on the subject , that I did serve on MTB 633 as a stand by RDF operator from July 16th 1943 until the boat returned to Malta on 23rd July after operations around the Messina channel off the Italian coast ...
by Peter
Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 13
Views: 15966

Re: MTB 298

Re MTB 298 Interesting forum on MTB 298 , and serving in the Komiza campaign on MTB 243 , I can recall the incident about the sinking of the Niobe a reclaimed German Destroyer off the Island of Silba close to Zara as it was then known. This action is recorded in Mediternnen MTB's at war by Rover Rey...
by Peter
Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 670
Replies: 61
Views: 49641

Re: MTB 670

The last post of MTB 670 was of great interest where it mentioned the Planinsky channel and the date April 12th 1945 it was only 2 days before on the 10th that we on MGB647 again with MGB 643 was in action with F Lighters where MGB 647 sustained serious above water damage and remarkably no causaltie...
by Peter
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: BC Ward DSC*
Replies: 4
Views: 10358

Re: BC Ward DSC*

Hello Liam It was exciting to read your request for information about your Father Commander Ward . I was drafted to MTB 243 in August 1943 when the 24th Flotilla took part in the Sicilly landings , with Lt Chris Dreyer as the S.O . I would be happy to share with you my recent completed memoirs and a...
by Peter
Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 633
Replies: 8
Views: 8965

Re: MTB 633

Thanks John for your reply sadly my time on MTB 633 was very brief in that I had little time to blend with the crew , but the memory remains very vivid , It was in the Port of Augusta in Sicily on July 21st 1943 that one of the crew Shipmate A/B Arthur Arnold was killed during an enemy air raid on t...
by Peter
Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 633
Replies: 8
Views: 8965

Re: MTB 633

Your enquiry with MTB 633 she was the first operational boat that I served on during the invasion of Sicily
having just completed my memoirs which contains a section of my experience of the action in which she took part in that campaign I would be happy to pass on this information
Peter
by Peter
Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Leading Stoker Leslie Fish
Replies: 2
Views: 5678

Leading Stoker Leslie Fish

It is with deep sadness to learn of the death of Shipmate Leslie Fish . Leslie was one of our early Members and with his Wife were regular attenders at our reunions , as with all these reunions the usual mess deck banter would surface and Leslie had his tales to tell all part of that wonderful spiri...
by Peter
Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 243
Replies: 9
Views: 15291

Re: MTB 243

I have written some more about day-to-day life onboard the Vosper and Fairmile 'D' boats in an article entitled Mediterranean Coastal Forces 1943–1945 posted on the main web site.
by Peter
Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 647
Replies: 25
Views: 35735

Re: MGB 647

This photograph shows some former crew members of MGB 647, and was taken during a get together in Southend in 1986. The members include myself as the radar operator onboard 647, and well as stoker and shipmate Ken Speed, who recently passed away.
mgb-647-crew-southend-1986.jpg
From left to right: Lt M Mount-Stephens, Coxwain Fred Hislop, Lt Teddy Lonsdale, Dicky Bird, Peter Bickmore (Radar), Dennis Reeve and Ken Speed (Stoker)
by Peter
Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 243
Replies: 9
Views: 15291

Re: MTB 243

It has been fascinating these last few days to read of the exploits of MTB 243 on our forum. I was drafted to her from HMS Gregale (Malta) in August 1943 as Radar operator and served on her until her torpedo tubes were removed and she operated within Special Services. Of all the fondest memories I r...
by Peter
Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Mystery Vosper??
Replies: 5
Views: 7211

Re: Mystery Vosper??

mtb-243-bari.jpg I attach a print of MTB 243 as she was adorned with camouflage alongside HMS Vienna in December 1943 at Bari. She also was fitted with the Italian Breda cannon forward of the main hatch, when later her torpedo tubes were removed when she was assigned to the Special Services mission...
by Peter
Sun May 12, 2013 2:18 am
Forum: Obituary Notices
Topic: Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles
Replies: 1
Views: 6637

Re: Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles

Another sad loss of an officer totally supportive of the Coastal Forces Veterans and especially to the Veterans of Vis, where as Lieut Commander RN he served as the Senior Naval Officer (SNOVIS) in Vis, January 1944, controlling the operations and patrols around the islands of Dalmatia. It was from ...

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