ML 206

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Re: ML 206

Postby Admin » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:18 pm

Hi Gray207

I've just realised where I probably heard about the minesweeping in the Seine that I referred to in your thread on ML 207, and that is in part four of the sound recording made by the IWM of William Arthur Gostling as I recognise my own note for ML 206 referenced earlier in this thread, which mentions it.

I've been doing some research today on other enquiries we currently have, and I happened across an interesting piece in one of the old CFVA newsletters, which is a Normandy Diary for ML 204, with entries for all of the days in June, which provides an interesting insight into the work of an ML Flotilla during that period and the kinds of things that were going on, and which I will copy and send to you later this week.

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Re: ML 206

Postby Peploe » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:16 am

More photos of Ml206 1945
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Re: ML 206

Postby Peploe » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:18 am

Ml 206 at Kiel
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Re: ML 206

Postby Peploe » Fri Mar 25, 2016 5:22 am

ML 206
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Re: ML 206

Postby Norfolkgal » Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:47 am

Hi
My Grandfather was ACCM Alfred Vincent Thorn. I have limited info on his time in the services and know a little about when he was awarded his DSM. Anyone have any information please.

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Re: ML 206

Postby Admin » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:34 am

Hello Norfolkgal

Our Coastal Forces Awards database gives him as being ML 224 for this particular award. A batch of Mention in Dispatches awards to four crew members on this boat, listed in the 26 June 1945 edition of the Gazette are for minesweeping off the north coast of France from September to December 1944, so it's possible his was an earlier award for this, or for good service in general whilst minesweeping.

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Re: ML 206

Postby Norfolkgal » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:19 am

That's brilliant Thankyou.

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Re: ML 206

Postby Admin » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:54 pm

You're welcome, and thank you for your earlier photographs Peploe. I don't know if you have followed the ML 916 thread, which was also a minesweeping ML, where the hazards of the job are viscerally revealed. It was normal practice for all of the crew who could, to remain on deck during operations, as that was the safest place for them to be, so the role of the motor mechanic and his stokers shut down below tending to the engines, was a very brave thing to have to do.

The citation for the later awards to four other crew members of ML 224 in the London Gazette reads:
For outstanding skill, courage and devotion to duty in hazardous mine-sweeping operations in the ports of Northern France after the invasion


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