MTB_454 British Power Boat Co, Hythe Hampshire
For a night action with enemy light forces in the Channel 11/5/44
DSC TSLt Guy Kingdon Natusch RNZNVR
MID LSea Horace Arthur Ball C/SSX29515
MID AB Andrew Rae Ronney Banger P/JX326476
For an action against E Boats in the North Sea 7/4/45
DSC** TLtCdr John Dudley Dixon RNVR
DSC TLt Pater Geoffrey Annesley Irvine RNVR
DSM AB Andrew Rae Ronney Banger P/JX326476
MID AB Colin Arthur Bramall C/JX351457
TLtCdr John Dudley Dixon RNVR Commanding Officer 5/44 -8/44 & Senior Officer 35th MTB Flotilla He previously commanded MTB 450
Lt Eoin Glennie Commanding Officer
TLt R J Dyke RNVR Commanding Officer
TLt Peter Geoffrey Annesley Irvine RNVR Commanding Officer. Previously commanded MTB 205
TSLt Guy Kingdon Natusch RNZNVR
LSea Horace Arthur Ball C/SSX29515 (Killed in action 12/5/44).
AB John Richard Archbold P/JX 296224 (Killed in action 12/5/44). Son of John Craster Archbold and Winifred Archbold, of Sea Houses. Buried in North Sunderland Cemetery
AB Andrew Rae Ronney Banger P/JX326476
AB Colin Arthur Bramall C/JX351457
35th MTB Flotilla
Based at Felixstowe, Newhaven and Portsmouth
11/5/44 MTB 450 (SO), MTB 453 and MTB 454 are directed to intercept vessels moving west from Cherbourg.
MTB 450, MTB 453 and MTB 454 stop and detect vessels moving east by hydrophone.
MTB 450, MTB 453 and MTB 454 take up position closer to the entrance to Cherbourg and, after two hours sight two trawlers, a large merchant ship and a fourth vessel.
MTB 450 and MTB 453 attempt a torpedo attack and close to 1200 yards before meeting heavy fire. MTB 450 and MTB 453 fire four torpedoes from 700 yards. The largest target is hit. There are two explosions and the ship rolls over to starboard. MTB 450 attacks the trawlers.
MTB 453 and MTB 454 are despatched to attack the fourth vessel. The second trawler is set on fire and the fourth vessel severely damaged. MTB 450, MTB 453 and MTB 454 are all damaged. In MTB 450 the Senior Officer is wounded in the stomach and leg. One man is killed and five wounded. In MTB 453, the Commanding Officer is wounded. In MTB 454, two men are wounded one of whom dies later.
Operation Neptune Invasion of Normandy
35th MTB Flotilla
MTB 447, MTB 448, MTB 449, MTB 450, MTB 451, MTB 452, MTB 453, MTB 454, MTB 478 and MTB 481 Based on Portsmouth
7-8/4/45 The Fourth S Boat Flotilla (KKpt. Fimmen) (205, S 204, S 219, S 202, S 703 and S 304) and Sixth S Boat Flotilla (Kptlt. Matzen) (S 222, S 705, S 211, S 223, S 704, S 212 and S 706) lay mines on the route between the Thames and the Schelde.
HMS Rutherford vectors MTB 454 and MTB 482 to intercept five E Boats in the North Sea. The fourth and fifth boats are lagging and MTB 454 and MTB 482 attempt to cut them off. The fourth E Boat blows up and sinks. MTB 454 and MTB 482 then concentrate on the fifth boat which is stopped. MTB 454 closes to finish off the fifth boat whilst MTB 482 pursues the other three boats. HMS Rutherford orders MTB 482 to break off the chase as the range slowly increases. MTB 454 and MTB 482 search the area, pick up 3 officers and 37 ratings from the E Boats and transfer them to HMS Rutherford.
In action with the British MTBs, S 202 and S 703 are lost in collision. S 223 sinks after striking a mine off Ostende
Post War Fate
1947 Employed in blast trials in Loch Striven, Scotland where the vessel was exposed to nine depth charges at a depth of 100 ft.