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MTB 710

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:09 pm
by Gareth Thomas
Good day Gentlemen,

It's a great honour to join this group, I would be hugely grateful for any help you may be able to provide.

My Grandfather served on MTB710 and I know he was one of the 4 survivors when 710 hit a mine on April 10th 1945. I am looking for a bit of guidance on where to look for any detail or photos of MTB 710, my father and I know my grandfather was on 710 for almost 2 years . His name was Kenneth Douglas Thomas and was an Able Seaman. He died almost 21 years ago , I followed him into the Royal Navy. My father wanted to join the Navy in the 60s however ( we suspect) he had such a bad time during the war he would not entertain it. If any of you fine gentlemen have anything on MTB 710 or even an idea of where I can get a survivors list I would be hugely grateful.

Kind Regards

Gareth

Re: MTB 710

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:22 am
by Peter
Good Morning Gareth
Welcome to the Coastal Forces Veterans website
Having served in the Adriatic area around the Islands of the then Yugoslavia , I hope that I can help you with your enquiries about MTB 710 and your Grandfather
There are comprehensive details about MTB 710 in the book by Rover Reynolds " Dog Boats at War " details attached , may be you will be able to locate a copy on the internet . I am also aware of another survivor of the sinking of MTB 710 , George Chandler to whom I will pass on you enquiry and details .
Cheers
Peter Bickmore BEM

Re: MTB 710

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:54 pm
by Peter
Hello Gareth
I have been able to contact George Chandler who survived the sinking of MTB 710 along with your Grandfather and would be pleased if you contact him on: [Admin: email address redacted]

Cheers
Peter Bickmore BEM

Re: MTB 710

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:03 am
by Stephen
Hello Gareth,
If you haven't already seen it, there';s a short piece that the admin of this website put together here: http://cfv.org.uk/research/history/arti ... of-mtb-710
Regards,
Steve

Re: MTB 710

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:25 pm
by Gareth Thomas
Peter,

Thank you so much for that information. I've passed George's email address on to my father who is emailing him as I type this.

I'm searching online for that book. My Grandfathers name is Ken Thomas from Swansea


Thanks again

Regards

Gareth Thomas MBE

Re: MTB 710

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:30 am
by Gareth Thomas
Gentlemen,

A huge thank you for putting me in touch with George this week. I had a really nice chat with him last night, he remembers my grandfather and he filled in some gaps as well as confirming a few tales. I will visit George over the next few weeks.

Regards

Gareth

Re: MTB 710

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:48 am
by Peter
Good Morning .
I have discovered in my library of Coastal Forces Veterans Assoc. Newsletters the attached report of an action involving MTB 710 that I am sure will be of interest in the current enquiry, plus on the same page a report of HMS Vienna our worthy Base Ship for which we hold many memories
Peter
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Re: MTB 710

Posted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:25 pm
by Gareth Thomas
Wow, that's wonderful, thank you very much.

Regards

Gareth