MTB 682 Operating From Mantis

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MTB 682 Operating From Mantis

Postby rammy » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:57 pm

I have just joined your website. My Dad served from 1943 as a Telegraphist and I would like to know if anyone has information about MTB 682 operating from Mantis July 44 to Auguust 44 and then from Hornet from Aug 44 to 24 Sept 44. Any information would be gratefully received.

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Re: MTB 682 Operating From Mantis

Postby Pioneer » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:50 pm

Hello 'rammy'
Welcome aboard.
Currently what we have on MGB 682 is-
A Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat, constructed by Wallasea Bay Yacht Yard of Rochford, UK on 00.05.1943. To RAF 1945 LRRC 029.
We have her at Portsmouth ('Hornet) from May 1944. During 14-16th July 1944, attached to the 55th Flotilla, she was in company with MGB 629 off the coast of Normandy and credited with the sinking of an "R" boat.
I am sure that there may be more info coming - keep popping back rammy

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Re: MTB 682 Operating From Mantis

Postby Brian Holmes » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:48 am

MTB_682 Wallasea Bay Yacht Station Ltd, Wallasea Bay, Nr Rochford 5/43

For an action in the Nore area 19/10/43
MID TLt William Benyon RNVR

For Operation Neptune - for gallantry and devotion to duty during the initial landings in Normandy
DSC TLt William Benyon RNVR

Further awards for Operation Neptune (Gazette Date - 14/11/44)
MID LSea Leslie Walter Turner C/SSX24674
MID AB Neil Bernard Kidney C/JX407423

Known Crew
TLt William Benyon RNVR Commanding Officer 10/43 – 6/44 He previously commanded MTB 43 DSC 1944 MID 1942 MID 1943
LSea Leslie Walter Turner C/SSX24674
AB Ernest Edward Hawkins P/JX 392760 (Killed in action 16/7/44)
AB Neil Bernard Kidney C/JX407423

Wartime Activities
5/43 31st MTB Flotilla Based at Great Yarmouth
10/43 55th MTB Flotilla Based at Great Yarmouth
19/10/43 MTB 606, MTB 617, MTB 621, MTB 652 and MTB 682 are in an action in the Nore area
6/44 Operation Neptune
Invasion of Normandy (With the the Eastern Task Force)
55th MTB Flotilla Based at Portsmouth
MTB 617, MTB 621, MTB 624, MTB 628, MTB 629, MTB 630, MTB 632, MTB 650, MTB 652, MTB 668, MTB 682 and MTB 773
6-7/6/44 MTB 624, MTB 682 with four boats from the 29th Flotilla engage six to eight R Boats of the 4th Flotilla departing Le Havre. One R Boat explodes and two others are severely damaged. R49 is amongst those damaged.
14-6/7/44 MTB 629 and MTB 682 engage two German units. One R Boat is claimed as possibly sunk.
1945 To Royal Air Force
Long Range Rescue Craft (LRRC) 029

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Re: MTB 682 Operating From Mantis

Postby elaine.hutson » Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:07 am

I have another known member of the crew of MTB682: my Dad, Philip Arthur Hutson. MTB 682 is written clearly on his service record. He was MTB682's Oerlikon gunner from 12/6/43 to 2/10/44. This I found out in 2002, when I started to research his war service. I've picked it up again (now that I've retired) 20 years later. Don't know if anyone is going to read this, it now being 11 years since the last posting on this page! Oh well. He died in 1967 when I was three years old, and according to my mother he didn't talk about his war service. This of course is not untypical. I think I'm doing this research as a means of getting to know him.

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Re: MTB 682 Operating From Mantis

Postby Admin » Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:48 am

Hello Elaine

Thank you for your contribution to this post. It is indeed a long time since it was last written to, but the information is always there to be discovered by someone else in the fullness of time. Your Dad’s boat was part of the 55th MTB Flotilla whose Senior Officer was Don Bradford. He wrote a very good account of the flotilla’s work, Day In, Night Out, which was originally serialised in the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association newsletters, so if you would like a copy sent to you to read, please let me know.

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