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

Enquiries relating to individual men and women who served with HM Light Coastal Forces; help with interpreting service records, or with tracing former comrades
Stephen-B
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Franklyn (Frank) Charles Burke ML 136, MTB 46 & MTB 256

Postby Stephen-B » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:18 pm

After years of thinking about it I've finally applied for and received the service record of my uncle, Frank Burke. Frank was at HMS Raleigh (25 Nov 1942 onwards), followed by HMS Defiance and HMS Christopher. He spent a week on ML 136, and was then on MTB 46 from 17 June 1943 to 29 May 1944. Frank joined MTB 256 on 3 June 1944, leaving it due to injury on 1-2 July 1944. He spent the rest of the War at various hospitals.

I've done some research and have found photos of ML 136 and MTB 46, but would like to find some of MTB 256. I would like to find out more about these vessels, and in particular what operations or training MTB 46 was involved in from June 43 to end May 44, plus the operations MTB 256 took part in during June 44.

Any pointers for further research would be much appreciated.

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

Postby Peter » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:55 am

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 availability of this book with
ISBN 0-7509-2518-3
Cheers
A/B Radar Peter

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

Postby Stephen-B » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:42 pm

Peter many thanks for this information, I will start searching for the book. In front of me at the moment is a small, 4.5in/115mm, wooden model of an MTB that Frank Burke carved. I first saw it at my grandfather's house around 1966, and when my uncle died it came to me.


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