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MGB 661

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:03 am
by Katy Dunn
Good morning

I am reaching out to see if I can make contact with any men or relatives/friends of those who served on MGB 661 from November 1942 to March 1946. My grandad who turns 95 this year would love to hear from some of his ex comrades or their relatives/friends. Likewise he would appreciate any recommendations of literature mentioning his boat.

Many thanks and look forward to hearing from you.

Katy Dunn
07876 068391

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:51 am
by David Carter
Dear Katy
Thank you for your enquiry. I am the Secretary of the London Branch of the Coastal Forces Veterans Association. I do not know whether any of our members know your grandfather or MGB 661, but I can ask at our next meeting in October. As we are the only Branch still meeting, we would love to contact your grandfather, if he can get to London he would be most welcome to join us on HMS Belfast. Otherwise, we keep in touch with members (all over the country) by e-mail, newsletter etc. If you could contact me on cdcarter263@hotmail.com we could arrange something.
Kind regards

David Carter

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:50 am
by Peter
Good Morning Katy
It is a pleasure to reply to your post re the adventures of your Granddad. I would think that my memories will be of those that he has . I served aboard MGB 647 during the (Yugoslavia) Island campaign of 1943/45and their must have been times when our boats operated together. An action that I am sure he will recall when our 2 boats captured the Schooner Libecchio and escorted the capture into Komiza
in April 1944 .
I attaché some photo's that I am sure will be of interest to him
For me 2nd row 3rd in from left
Cheers and Thanks Peter

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:42 pm
by Peter
Hi All Sorry a re write on my photo attached , I am 3rd from the right
2nd row , I am still trying to remember the name of the other shipmate
Cheers
Peter

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:02 pm
by Manxkipper
Hi Katy, my father-in-law passed away three years ago and only yesterday I was looking at some old photos and documents which show he was a member of the crew of MGB661. His name was Phillip (Phil) Kennaugh (pronounced ken-yuck) from the Isle of Man.

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:37 pm
by Admin
Hello Manxkipper

Thank you for joining the forum. Hopefully the earlier poster Katy will be alerted to your post and reply. Could I ask you to get in touch with the web site as well please at the info@cfv.org.uk address with a view to possibly obtaining copies of the resources your family holds on MGB 661, if you are willing.

Regards
Admin

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:17 am
by RogerFentem
Katy, I am researching the Fairmile boats ny grandfather built in WW2. One was MGB 659 which sailed with MGB 661 and MGB 662 on 4th June 1943 for the Mediterranean. I believe that the boats often worked together but not necessarily in the same flotilla. Is it too much to ask if you have anything which includes mgb659 that you could let me have sight of?
Many thanks, Roger

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Sun May 10, 2020 9:06 pm
by Katy Dunn
Hello all!

Thank you for the replies! It has been some time since I checked this forum as I lost the link to it!

Peter I will ask grandad about the 647. I think I remember him mentioning something to me about it.

Roger I don't know if he has anything about the 659 but I will ask him. Have you come across anything about the 661?

Thanks

Katy

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 10:31 am
by RogerFentem
Katy
I have found references to 661 besides her setting sail for the Malta. Len Reynold's book Dog Boats at War has several. If you can't get a copy I will let you have the details. She was under quite colourful leadership and in common with the Dogs in the Mediterranean changed flotilla and command. I have looked in a number of other publications with little success as yet but will let you know if I come across anything else.
Roger

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 11:06 am
by Admin
This the photo archive Manxkipper kindly forwarded containing crew photos for MGB 661 and also some photographs presumably from a German PoW, or which may have been left behind in one of the occupied ports Coastal Forces helped to liberate.

Phillip Kennaugh Photo Archive

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 11:36 am
by RogerFentem
Katy
... there are several nentions of 661 on MGB 647 in the MGB Forum, many of these are those I recognise from Reyold's book.
On the photo's ... the one with K K E ( kappa kappa epsilon I think iit is) written behind the guys suggests somewhere in Greece?
Roger
PS thanks for the photos.

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 12:03 pm
by Katy Dunn
This is smashing. I recognise a couple of these photos!

I think my grandad is in one of them but I need to check with him.

The ones with Matt in the title might well be my uncle Matthew Pennington as grandad was telling me last night that philip 'Ken' Kennaugh was his best mate and they stayed in touch until Matt died some years ago...
This the photo archive Manxkipper kindly forwarded containing crew photos for MGB 661 and also some photographs presumably from a German PoW, or which may have been left behind in one of the occupied ports Coastal Forces helped to liberate.

Phillip Kennaugh Photo Archive

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 1:45 pm
by Katy Dunn
I have just realised that I have not mentioned my Grandad's name. He is called Kevin Haigh.

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 1:52 pm
by Katy Dunn
This the photo archive Manxkipper kindly forwarded containing crew photos for MGB 661 and also some photographs presumably from a German PoW, or which may have been left behind in one of the occupied ports Coastal Forces helped to liberate.

Phillip Kennaugh Photo Archive
Crewmembers2.jpeg - grandad is the one in the middle with the big smile on his face, could be laughing, holding something up
crew-photo-jan-18th-1944-1.jpg - grandad is second from the left top row with white cap on I think
matt-1.jpg - is uncle Matthew 'Matt' Pennington.

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 2:17 pm
by Katy Dunn
I'm going to see if I can get hold of grandad's albums to share the photo's do you want them sending to you for the archive David? Or do I post them on here? Thanks, Katy

Re: MGB 661

Posted: Mon May 11, 2020 2:46 pm
by Admin
Hello Katy

Could you send any images you have to us here as well please using our info@cfv.org.uk address. If you have a scanner, could you also scan them at 600dpi, and in colour, even though they will be in black & white, and then saved as TIFF rather than JPEG, which is a better format for archival purposes. This way they can potentially be cleaned up and enhanced to help bring out detail if needs be.

Thanks
Admin