Yes, I would agree with that reading looking again at his record. Hecla was handling pay until it was sent to support destroyers in Iceland, and then pay came under Orlando.Which would suggest he wasn't on Hecla or Orlando but rather still with Legion.
The boats of the 15th MTB Flotilla were delivered to the UK in early 1941, while the boats of the 10th were transported to the Mediterranean directly from the USA. I would imagine the boats of the 15th would have made their own way there, so he presumably would have taken passage from Hornet on one of them, and could have transferred at a later date to 286.MTB wise I note it says in his service record Mosquito from 3 Dec 1941 and the 10th Flotilla was posted to Alex in Jan 42 so presume that was when he joined them.
His tenure at Attack being brief, he may just have been stand-by crew to cover for illness or injury. As a stoker though, he could have performed duties ashore just as at sea, and could have been in the workshops helping out with repairs to engines or boats. I did once ask a motor mechanic on the boats what the difference between a stoker and a motor mechanic was in terms of the duties performed in the engine room, since stoker is obviously a term that comes from the days of steam and feeding boilers, and he said they helped the motor mechanics out performing the less specialist tasks, and taking their orders from what would often be a Petty, or a Chief Petty Officer MM. Ron Matthews, himself a POMM, in his recollection of training at HMS Shrapnel seemed to suggest the top of each intake selected through tests and practicals received training as motor mechanics, while the rest trained as stokers.HMS Attack it looks like he was only there about 2 months and HMS Hornet wise he was only there about 3 weeks so guess may not have had a boat?
The 11th MTB Flotilla, comprising Thornycroft MTBs 49-56 and 105 were there between 1941–42, together with Vosper MTB 102 (now preserved) under Lt K A Cradock-Hartopp, and Lt J A Eardley-Wilmot. In addition there was the 2nd MGB Flotilla (MGBs 6–13), the 4th MGB Flotilla (MGBs 50–57), and the 7th MGB Flotilla (MGBs 82–92), although all of these flotillas were stationed at various other bases on the south coast throughout the period 1941–44, so they wouldn’t necessarily all have been at Portland at the same time. There would likely have been MLs stationed there as well.On the unit histories website I can't find any MTB's at Attack although I might have missed something. From my Dad I hear that Granddad preferred small boats/ships as less 'Bull**** and Brasso" I think were the words so possibly why he might have volunteered for MTB's.
That would likely be Mosquito I at Haifa, which would date the photo to October 1943 through to March 1944, or possibly up until May 1945, there being some confusion as to when Mosquito actually 'paid off'.The pictures he has of the MTB's are in Cyprus by the looks of things except one entitled "268 on then slips Hiafa" this picture is one of the missing ones.
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