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by Brian Holmes
Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Medusa at Commemoration Ceremony
Replies: 0
Views: 856

Medusa at Commemoration Ceremony

Medusa recently attended a ceremony to unveil a blue plaque for the men who trained for SBS and COPP missions at HMS Northney, Hayling Island. We escorted veteran canoes up Chichester Harbour and one of them carried a blue plaque to fit on the house of the Commander who conducted training there in 1...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:00 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 616 (Formerly MGB 616)
Replies: 4
Views: 1320

Re: MTB 616 (Formerly MGB 616)

MGB_616 William Osbourne Ltd, Littlehampton 19/8/42 For an action with a Flak Ship and E Boats in the Channel 29/7/43 MID POMtrMch Reginald Walter Cowley P/MX117881 New Year Honours List 1945 DSM CMtrMch Eric Wain P/MX98165 Known Crew (MGB 616) Lt H P Byrne RN 18th MGB Flotilla Based at Portsmouth a...
by Brian Holmes
Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: James Kirkhope Duncan OBE Chief Engineer
Replies: 13
Views: 5240

Re: James Kirkhope Duncan OBE Chief Engineer

MGB 505 Camper & Nicholson Gosport 5/43 For Operation Bridford - blockade running voyages from Sweden to the UK 10/43 - 3/44 OBE(Civ) Capt Herbert William Jackson MN MBE(Civ ChOff Philip Roland Legg MN DSC ChOff Edward Bourne Ruffman MN MBE(Civ) SndEng James Alexander Winton MN BEM(Civ) Bsn Peter Mi...
by Brian Holmes
Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: James Kirkhope Duncan OBE Chief Engineer
Replies: 13
Views: 5240

Re: James Kirkhope Duncan OBE Chief Engineer

Gay Viking Camper & Nicholson Gosport For Operation Bridford - blockade running voyages from Sweden to the UK 10/43 - 3/44 OBE(Civ) Capt Harry Whitfield MN DSC ChOff Sylvanus Brian John Reynolds MN OBE(Civ) ChEngr James Kirkhope Duncan MN MBE(Civ) FstOff John Kristijon Marrow MN MBE(Civ) FstRadOff G...
by Brian Holmes
Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 669
Replies: 4
Views: 2229

Re: MTB 669

MTB_669 Lady Bee Ltd, Shoreham-by-Sea 29/4/43 Birthday Honours List 1944 MID TLt James Galloway Fletcher RNVR MID TSLt Philip Arthur Joseph Sturge RNVR Known Crew TLt James Galloway Fletcher RNVR TLt 1/11/42 58th MTB Flotilla Commanding Officer MTB 669 17/4/43 Birthday Honours 1944 MID 64th MTB Flot...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: SGB 7 scuttled and onwards to Marlag POW camp
Replies: 7
Views: 4388

Re: SGB 7 scuttled and onwards to Marlag POW camp

SGB_7 Denny (Dumbarton) 11/3/42 For an attack on an enemy supply ship in the Bay of Seine on 18th June 1942 MID TLt William James Alexander Weir RNVR DSM ALSto Robert Watt Muir D/KX92804 DSM AB William Gough D/SSX29193 DSM Ord Richard Barnes D/JX225975 Ungazetted award for the above action MID Lt Ro...
by Brian Holmes
Sun May 10, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Looking for Norman Keith Swarbrick
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: Looking for Norman Keith Swarbrick

Just to clarify a point. Searching for officer appointments was largely by looking at the Navy List which includes commonwealth officers. However up until 1942 it tends to list appointments to bases rather than individual boats. In some cases it may say "for boats" or similar. I have therefore not y...
by Brian Holmes
Mon May 04, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Looking for Norman Keith Swarbrick
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: Looking for Norman Keith Swarbrick

MTB_344 Thornycroft (Launched 2/42) For six small raiding operations to 11/42 DSC TSLt Frederick William Parnall Bourne RNVR DSM LSea Thomas Hannar D/JX127892 For galantry and devotion to duty during the landings in Normandy (Gazette Date - 14/11/44) MID TLt John Francis Russell-Smith RNVR MID Tel T...
by Brian Holmes
Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Looking for Norman Keith Swarbrick
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: Looking for Norman Keith Swarbrick

Lt N K Swarbrick RANVR TSLt HMS Attack (Portland) for small craft 27/10/42 TLt 3/7/43 HMS Asbury 128th Flotilla Based in New Guinea Commanding Officer HDML 1358 7/44 HMAS Cerberus (RAN base & training establishment, Flinders Naval Depot, Williamstown, Victoria HDML_1358 Elscot, City Island, New York...
by Brian Holmes
Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: Ordinary Telegraphist Alfred Reginald GILL (MGB 318)
Replies: 4
Views: 2227

Re: Ordinary Telegraphist Alfred Reginald GILL (MGB 318)

MGB_318 Aldous Successors Ltd, The Shipyard, Brightlingsea 6/7/41 For distinguished services (Gazette Date - 30/3/43) DSM CMtrMch Thomas Barker P/MX98419 DSM PO Thomas Boyle C/JX139471 For thirteen operations off the enemy coast in the Plymouth area in 1942 and 1943 (Gazette Date - 18/1/44) DSC TLt ...
by Brian Holmes
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Yugoslavian MTBs
Replies: 1
Views: 1217

Yugoslavian MTBs

Now is the time for me to ask a question. Two Yugoslavian MTBs managed to escape after the German invasion and subsequently operated with the Mediterranean Fleet. On 22nd April 1941, Yugoslav torpedo boats Kajmakcalan and Durmitor arrived at Suda Bay after escaping from Yugoslavia, via Navarino Bay....
by Brian Holmes
Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: George Alexander Baptie
Replies: 6
Views: 1709

Re: George Alexander Baptie

MTB_499 British Power Boat Co, Hythe Hampshire Wind up of the war in Europe MID TSLt George Alexander Baptie RNVR Known Crew TLt Harry Battson RNVR TSLt 29/5/42 Commanding Officer MTB 499 10/4/43 HMS Aggressive (Newhaven) 18th MGB Flotilla Based at Portsmouth and then Newhaven First Lieutenant MGB 6...
by Brian Holmes
Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: George Alexander Baptie
Replies: 6
Views: 1709

Re: George Alexander Baptie

MTB_431 British Power Boat Co, Hythe Hampshire For an action south of Jersey 26/2/44 DSC TSLt Charles Cameron Gough RNVR DSM AB Thomas Walter Simpson C/JX350853 For devotion to duty during an escape of fumes in the engine room 11/44 MID Sto1 Trevor Anstes D/KX525896 (Post) Known Crew TLt Patrick Ale...
by Brian Holmes
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: Researching Ch Off Edward Bourne Ruffman DSC
Replies: 8
Views: 4122

Re: Researching Ch Off Edward Bourne Ruffman DSC

Gay Viking Camper & Nicholson Gosport For Operation Bridford - blockade running voyages from Sweden to the UK 10/43 - 3/44 OBE(Civ) Capt Harry Whitfield MN DSC ChOff Sylvanus Brian John Reynolds MN OBE(Civ) ChEngr James Kirkhope Duncan MN MBE(Civ) FstOff John Kristijon Marrow MN MBE(Civ) FstRadOff G...
by Brian Holmes
Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 30
Replies: 11
Views: 3577

Re: MTB 30

MTB_30 Camper & Nicholson 11/7/40 Birthday Honours 1941 MID ACMtrMch Aynsley Oscar Nithsdale Forsyth P/MX66148 Known Crew Lt Hardress Llewelyn Lloyd HMS Frobisher (Training Cruiser) 1935, HMS Delhi (Cruiser) 1935-37, HMS Devonshire (Cruiser) 1937, HMS Encounter (Destroyer) 15/10/38. 1st MTB Flotilla...

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