ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

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Bradl3y
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ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby Bradl3y » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:23 am

Hi,

I'm seeking information about HM ML220 which I believe was part of the 1st ML Flotilla

It seems that ML220 first skipper from August 1941 to 1942 was a Lieutenant Ray Worledge (Australian volunteer- died 2009) & sub lieutenant Ted Burnham and it was the first ML fitted out to lay mines. The telegraphist serving on board was called Harry G. Brunsdon and he may have served in ML220 throughout the war.

It seems also that my uncle may have served on ML220 during Operation Neptune (June 1944) and that, during the D-day invasion, the boat struck the Calvados Rocks. I know my uncle, namely JOHN ALLAN BRADLEY (born 1923) of Halifax, Yorkshire received his second 'survivors leave' following this incident- but ML220 survived the war.

If any person has any information about ML220 I would like to hear from them. Unfortunately, I do not have my uncles war service records at this time. I believe members of crew were mentioned in despatches during Op.Neptune. I do have a photo of my uncle (believed taken after the war and while at a port in Europe- cameras were STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED).
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John Bradley ML220 1945

RogerP
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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby RogerP » Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:28 am

Hello 'Bradl3y',

I have some info on ML 220 while Ray Worledge was her CO, taken from "Fairmile Ships of the Royal Australian Navy, vol I". It seems to be reasonably comprehensive covering six pages which I could either scan and e-mail or photocopy and post, whichever you prefer. If interested send me a 'personal message' with your e-mail/postal address and I'll be happy to help.

Brian Holmes visits this forum as well and has quite a database which could provide further info. If he doesn't pop up here, I'll post a message on the World Naval Ships Forum.

Cheers,
Roger P.
Bendigo, Australia.

Bradl3y
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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby Bradl3y » Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:22 am

Hi Roger,

Thank you for your post re ML220.
I'm pretty new to the forums and started my research only a few weeks ago.
I would appreciate any info on the boat or skipper an my email is brdlyandrew@aol.com

The photo of my uncle was probably taken around 1945 perhaps even after VE day.
He had survivors leave in late 1943 and joined ML220 early 1944- I don't have his war service records.
I know he told me he received survivors leave the second time after his boat hit rocks of the French coast - which must have been during D-day when ML220 ran onto the Calvados Rocks off the coast of Normandy.

Regards

Andy

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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby RogerP » Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:37 am

Andy,

Have responded to your 'pm' and will scan and send the info I have on ML 220.

Cheers,
Roger.

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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby cdsc123 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:58 pm

ML220 post-war; as you can see she appears to have had a 3rd layer of planking which runs half way up her topsides; this could be something to do with her striking rocks. She may have ended up as yacht Viscilla based in France by 1966, unsure about this though.
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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby RogerP » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:27 am

Thanks 'cdsc123',

Nice photo of '220', thankyou for sharing it with us.

According to 'Allied Coastal Forces vol I' by John Lambert & Al Ross the only info about her post war is "ML2220; RNVR 12.47; sold 20.8.56" so your little snippet of info could add to that and who knows what other info may come to light.

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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby Bradl3y » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:10 am

Hi everyone,

Thank you for all the information about ML220 and the photo.

It sounds as though it was a very happy boat and fitted out better than most.

Being new to the site- can I just add how impressed I am with the site and moreover with it's members!

Best wishes

Andy

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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby Brian Holmes » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:31 pm

ML_220 Tough Brothers, Teddington 2/41
New Year Honours 1942
MID SLt George Raymond Worledge RANVR

For minesweeping off the north coast of France 9 - 12/44
MID TSLt Ernest Charles Nunn RNVR
MID AB Paul Collier P/JX426954

Known Crew
TLt J A G Williamson RNVR (Commanding Officer)
TSLt Ernest Charles Nunn RNVR
SLt George Raymond Worledge RANVR (Commanding Officer)
AB Paul Collier P/JX426954

Wartime Activities
1/7/41 50th ML Flotilla
ML 101, ML 103, ML 104, ML 185 and ML 220
1/7/41 At Dover
1st ML Flotilla
ML 185, ML 206, ML 207, ML 220, ML 222, ML 224, ML 450 and ML 571Based on Portsmouth
Operation Neptune Invasion of Normandy
Attached to the 6th Minesweeping Flotilla for assault
Minesweeping off the north coast of France 9 - 12/44

Post War Fate
ML2220
12/47 Solent Division RNVR – HMS Wessex
M2220, P2220 and P6001
7/49 Bow badly damaged and under repair for several weeks. Temporarily replaced by ML 586
20/8/56 Sold
1958 Beached in very poor state in St Ouens Bay, Jersey

Bradl3y
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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby Bradl3y » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:14 pm

Brian,

Thank you for the comprehensive information re ML220

A sad end to a fine boat.

RogerP
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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby RogerP » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:41 am

Yes Brian,

I wish to echo Andy in saying a big thankyou for your info.

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Re: ML 220 1st ML Flotilla

Postby Peploe » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:32 pm

I have several photos from my father's album showing Ml 220 with ML 206, in Copenhagen at the end of the war as well as other places. Kiel, Flensburg, Bornholm etc
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Ml 220 and ML 260 at Langeline Copenhagen


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