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ML 903

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:22 pm
by chris4lomond
I am trying to track down any information on this Fairmile B that I believe my Grandfather served on, I only discovered that he was stationed on the launch in the last couple of months and it seems that my father has no information either. any pointers as to where to look would be very much appreciated. I have discovered that the boat was built by Johnson & Jago commissioned Feb 11 1944 and seems to have been disposed of in 1946. I believe that the boat was involved on Juno beach on D Day and later my Grandfather was awarded a medal resulting from some action the boat was involved in off the Belgium coast however I dont have any other information and sadly the medal was sold during some hard times in later life.

Any pointers would be very much appreciated

Re: ML 903

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:27 pm
by Pioneer
Hello 'chris4lomond', Welcome aboard

ML 903- is listed in the London Gazette as having had 6 crew members awarded decorations, one twice.
London Gazette 21 November 1944
"For Operation Neptune [D-Day landings] - for passage of troops and supplies during the assault on Normany"
TLt John Cryer - RNVR - DSC
Ord Seaman J. F. Kirk P/JX 55804 - DSM
Chief Motor Mechanic B S Rollings P/MX 89685 - DSM
Acting PO F Earl D/SSX 27148 - MID
A/B S G Laver D/JX 348957 - MID

London Gazette 11 December 1945
"Wind up of the War in Europe"
T Sub Lt R G Woods - DSM
Acting PO F Earl D/SSX 27148 - DSM.

Is Grandad one of these ??

Re: ML 903

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:33 pm
by chris4lomond
Many thanks Pioneer

Yes J F Kirk - Thanks for the reply, what does the P / JX 55804 refer to? would this be his service reference number?

I assume that the Launch would have been sold off or scrapped after the war - seems a shame for these great little ships !

Re: ML 903

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:15 pm
by Pioneer
Yes, that is correct. His Service number is stating that his Divisional Home Port was Portsmouth -P- while the JX gives an indication of an agreed length of Service.

Re: ML 903

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:54 pm
by cdsc123
ML 903;

Re: ML 903

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:25 pm
by chris4lomond
That's fantastic CDSC123 I don't suppose I could get a copy of this photo from you ? - happy to pay for it!!

Re: ML 903

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:46 pm
by cdsc123
Hi Chris

Sorry, I should have mentioned it was scanned from a very old book or magazine, luckily I do have a clearer version for you;



Regards, Christian.

Re: ML 903

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:15 pm
by chris4lomond
Hi Chris

Sorry, I should have mentioned it was scanned from a very old book or magazine, luckily I do have a clearer version for you;



Regards, Christian.

That great thanks

Re: ML 903

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:31 pm
by chris4lomond
While digging round for info on this ML and my Grandfather the following newspaper clippings have come to light, If you can read them they make interesting reading, one is from a Buxton newspaper the other I am not so sure, It seems the news papers have a different name for the Lieutenant of the Launch Lewis in these clippings and Cryer in the London Gazette

Re: ML 903

Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:13 pm
by chris4lomond
Group 321
• 8 x LCT3 from 11 LCT Flotilla carrying DD tanks. LCT3 were not considered suitable for beaching in the assault phase and it was planned that they would launch DD tanks well out to sea. Because it was planned that the DD tanks would form the first wave of the assault it was essential that they should have assistance with navigation and station keeping off the beaches
• 3 x LCP(L) Navigation, 196, 172 and 167, joined from Hamble. These were to lead the DD tanks to as near the shore as possible. They carried navigation equipment and some were armoured
• LCP(Sy) 290 joined from Hamble. These survey craft were similar to the LCP(L) Navigation but were intended to follow the DD tanks and check their line of approach. They would then carry out survey work on the beaches
• LCP(L) 179 joined from Hamble. Possibly standing in as LCP(Sy)
• 6 x LCP(L) from 702 Flotilla joined from Hamble. These were to lay smoke if requested
to cover the DD launching position
• LCH 239 carrying Deputy Senior Officer Assault Group - Nan White.
• ML 903 carrying Flotilla Officer, 11 LCT Flotilla who is also Deputy Senior Officer Group
321. This was to follow the DD wave and maintain communications[/color]
• 6 x LCP(L) from 702 Flotilla joined from Hamble. These were to lay smoke for
bombardment ships
Passing South Gate at H-16 hours, 20 min Speed 8 knots to Buoy BB then 5 knots