Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Motor Torpedo Boats (MTB)
reinaart
Leading Seaman
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Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Postby reinaart » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:05 pm

Thanks a lot for your interesting contribution Peter, I love the painting of MTB 410. Needless to say, I would appreciate any further pics of or info on the Jacobs Vospers from the 28th MTB Flotilla. On the subject of radar equipment, I don't know if you know the IWM interview with Lieutenant G.P.H. James in which he tells an anecdote about their radar picking up a train instead of a viable torpedo target :

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80014437

Kind regards,

Arjan

Peter
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Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Postby Peter » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:28 pm

Thank you Arjan ,sorry that in my last post the picture was x 2 it should of been another Harold Garland painting MTB 401 with that up dated Radar
Peter
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reinaart
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Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Postby reinaart » Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:00 pm

Thanks Peter, a really nice picture. Here are two Jacob's adverts from a wartime American yachting magazine. I like the strange mix of propaganda, patriotism and blatant commercialism which is so typical of these American ads. Pity the images are not clearer :

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Regards,

Arjan

peterlion
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Re: Lend-lease Vosper MTB 281

Postby peterlion » Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:06 pm

My father J.D.H Ives was on board the MV Larchbank when it was sunk on 9th September 1943 on passage in the Indian Ocean. I notice he appears to have been the person referred to in one of the later comments. He was a Chief Motor Mechanic and had been involved in the building of the MTB's in the USA. He was picked up by the SS Tahsinia after some 14 days in a lifeboat with others and taken to Sri Lanka. Ironically the SS Tahsinia was itself sunk by torpedo and gunfire from a submarine within 1 degree N and E of the position of the Larchbank when she was sunk.
Presumably a number of other crew/ratings were also in the same lifeboat. Does anyone know more?


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