Michael Flanders and ML 236

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Michael Flanders and ML 236

Postby Voyager » Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:27 pm

Michael Flanders who went on to achieve fame as part of the comedy duo FLANDERS AND SWAN was a CW Candidate on HMS MARNE when it was torpedoed off the coast of North Africa on Armistice Day 1942, 70 years ago.

For further details of what happened when HMS MARNE and HMS HECLA were torpedoed see their pages on my web site: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/HMS_Hecla.html

After commissioning he served with Coastal forces on ML 236 from August 1943 to January 1944 but was invalided out with Poliomyelitis and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

Can anybody provide further details of his service with Coastal Forces?

Or of ML 236 in 1943-4?

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Re: Michael Flanders and ML 236

Postby Brian Holmes » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:21 pm

ML_236 J W & A Upham, Brixham 9/6/41

For Operation Fireball - minesweeping in Belgian waters 1945
MID AB Henry Charles Lancaster C/JX206706

Wind up of the war in Europe (Gazette Date - 11/12/45)
DSC TLt Robert Basil Fordham RNVR
MID AB Henry Charles Lancaster C/JX206706

Known Crew
TLt Robert Basil Fordham RNVR (Commanding Officer)
LSea Cecil Walter Scott C/JX 135730 (Died 30/4/43) Age 27 Son of Thomas Edward and Edith Alice Scott, of Carrow, Norwich. Buried in Norwich Cemetery Sec. 4. New Ground. Grave 300.
AB Henry Charles Lancaster C/JX206706

Wartime Activities
1/7/41 19th ML Flotilla Based at Holyhead
ML 203, ML 217, ML 236, ML 243, ML 250, ML 255, ML 257 and ML 275
25th ML Flotilla
Mediterranean
4/43 Anti Submarine patrols based on Algiers and operating from Bougie
Operation Neptune Invasion of Normandy
19th ML Flotilla (Based on Dover)
ML 217, ML 236, ML 243 and ML 250
Attached 15th Minesweeping Flotilla for assault
1945 Operation Fireball - minesweeping in Belgian waters

Post War Fate
2/46 For disposal


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