As mentioned in the extract, MGB 608 was redesignated an MTB at this time even though it was not equipped with torpedo tubes. The photo shows 608 as having the flag superior 'S' which signified a motor gun boat rather than 'V' for a motor torpedo boat, but it may not have changed its flag at this time either, so this may still be the event that gave rise to the damage shown. I'll send you an email regarding your photos.March ended on 28/29th with a very different experience for Ian Lyle's 51st Flotilla in their first action after their reorganization: they had originally been the very early 18th MGB Flotilla. They were now based at Newhaven, and although labelled MTBs, still had their MGB armament and no tubes. Their six-boat patrol that night (611, 602, 614, 613, 608, 615) was later labelled ‘whisker-singeing' as it took them right to the harbour mouth of Dieppe. As soon as they arrived, they met two groups of R-boats and a corvette or torpedo boat and engaged them at very close range. The shore batteries joined in and illuminated the whole scene with starshell. One R-boat was seen to explode and others were hit, but all the 51st's boats suffered severely, particularly from the shore batteries, and the resulting casualty list made grim reading: twelve killed, eleven seriously wounded and eighteen with minor wounds. All the boats got back to Newhaven, but repairs put them out of action for some time. Dog Boats at War, L C Reynolds
Star awarded for 1 or more days’ service in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands or Germany between the above dates. Naval personnel will qualify for service afloat in the North Sea and English Channel within certain specified boundaries.
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