...how did MTB 696 manage to acquire an extra twin and two single 20mm Oerlikon in 1945? These were fitted respectively between the existing twin Oerlikon and after 6pdr and sided deck edge, near the aft of the bridge, and gave 696 an armament of 2-18" Torpedo Tubes, 2-6 pdr Mark 7, 1 twin Oerlikon, 2 x 2-0.5" Vickers, x 2-0.303" Vickers (all standard) plus the extra twin and single Oerlikons. A total of 16 gun barrels.
G Hudson CFVA Newsletter June 1989 Volume 58 p15
You ask how MTB 696 acquired her extra armaments. The answer is, the same way at MTB 721 got hers. By going alongside a sunken American freighter and unbolting their mountings before going back to Portland (where the Gunnery Officer kindly agreed to fit them) after our first stint on the beach head.
Incidentally, the 3rd Flotilla of which these two boats were part, were the first ones over at the beach head at about H hour -3 as we were escorting the minesweepers laying the pencil buoys in the swept channel.
See photograph on another page of MTB 696 passing under Albert Bridge after a refit at Teddington and you can see the twin Oerlikons midship and the portside single, below the bridge.
Richard C Green Ex Pilot MTB 721 & subsequently Pilot of MTB 696
CFVA Newsletter September 1989 Volume 59 p125
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