MTB_722 Thomson & Balfour, Victoria Saw Mills, Bo’ness 3/44
Lt Bogeberg RNorN (Commanding Officer)
1944 Royal Norwegian Navy
54th MTB Flotilla
MTB 618, MTB 619, MTB 623, MTB 625, MTB 626, MTB 627, MTB 653, MTB 688, MTB 709, MTB 712, MTB 715, MTB 722, MTB 711, MTB 713, MTB 716, MTB 717, MTB 723, MTB 704, MTB 719, MTB 720, MTB 721
Based at Lerwick
19-20/7/44. MTB 685, MTB 687, MTB 729 and MTB 683 and the Norwegian MTB 709 and MTB 722 attack a German Convoy of trawlers and TLCs. Both sides suffer light casualties. MTB 687 is damaged
7-8/10/44 MTB 712 and MTB 722 sight two ships. MTB 722 fired torpedoes at the leading vessel but miss. MTB 722 engages with gunfire and stops the vessel going alongside to rescue nine Norwegian survivors, four of them are wounded. This is the Norwegian coaster Freikoll (236 Brt) north of Floröy, Norway which drifts ashore and is wrecked.
MTB 712 fires at the other vessel but misses and closes and identifies her as the Norwegian fishing boat Vikar before going alongside. The four wounded men are transferred to the Vikar and the five unwounded return with the boat to Lerwick.
23/12/44 MTB 712 and MTB 722, sank the German minesweeper M489 in Bomslofjord, Norway. Before they return to Lerwick, MTB 712 and MTB 722 bombarded a lookout station and barracks with 6 pdr gunfire.
6/1/45 MTB 722 and MTB 709 attack a convoy of two merchant vessels escorted by an M class minesweeper and two patrol boats off Stavfjord. MTB 722 made two torpedo hits on a large iron ore carrier SS Dora Fritzen (ex-Greek Adamastos, 5418 GRT) which sinks with a cargo of 12,000 tons of iron ore. MTB 709 fires torpedoes at the second merchant ship SS Nickolifleet with one hit. MTB 722 and MTB 709 attack the M class minesweeper with gunfire before they withdraw to the west.
Post War Fate
1946 Sold to Norway