by **Brian Holmes** » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:41 pm

That looks like an American uniform to me. ML 194 was tasked with guiding American landing craft to Omaha Beach and he was leader of the Flotilla. see below:

ML_194 Johnson & Jago, Leigh on Sea, Essex 29/1/41

For Operation Jubilee - Raid on Dieppe 19/8/42

DSC ALtCdr William Whitfield RNR

New Year Honours 1944

DSM POMtrMch George Ernest Jones P/MX72040

New Year Honours 1945

MID POMtrMch Alexander John Walmsley P/MX110688

For minesweeping and repelling human torpedo attacks off Normandy (Gazette Date - 20/2/45)

MID LTel Jack Henry Lilley C/SSX19227

Known Crew

TALtCdr Eric Thomas Povall RNVR Commanding Officer ML 194 & Senior Officer 11th ML Flotilla Died in a road accident 15/3/45 Age 35 Son of Alexander Ralph and Eva Povall, of Cardiff; husband of Helen Norah Povall, of Whitchurch, Cardiff Kirkee War Cemetery 2. K. 3

ALtCdr William Whitfield RNR

Lt Shepherd RNVR

TLt John Roderick Kennedy RNZNVR (First Lieutenant) 27/3/45. Served in HMS Philante (yacht; training ship) 1942, HMS Elfin (submarine base, Blyth), HMS H 43 (submarine), HMS H 34 (submarine) and HMS Pembroke (Chatham). Died 27/10/2002 in Cheltenham

SLt Bond RNZNVR

POMtrMch George Ernest Jones P/MX72040

POMtrMch Alexander John Walmsley P/MX110688

LTel Jack Henry Lilley C/SSX19227

Wartime Activities

11th ML Flotilla based at Felixstowe

ML 187, ML 188, ML 189, ML 190, ML 191, ML 192, ML 193 and ML 194

1/7/41 11th ML Flotilla based at Loestoft

ML 187, ML 189, ML 190, ML 191, ML 193, ML 194, ML 214 and ML 230

1/42 11th Flotilla based on the Humber

19/8/42 Operation Jubilee - Raid on Dieppe

SGB 5 (Grey Owl) ,SGB 9

MGB 50, MGB 51, MGB 312, MGB 315, MGB 316, MGB 317,MGB 320, MGB 321, MGB 323, MGB 326

ML 120, ML 123, ML 189, ML 190, ML 193,ML 194, ML 230, ML 246, ML 292, ML 309, ML 343, ML 344, ML 346, RML 513

11th ML Flotilla

Operation Fabius I - Practice assault by Task Force O at Slapton Sands, Devon. Operational orders indicated expected attacks by German aircraft, surface craft and submarines. Part of escort force protecting Force O during the exercise. Force consists of 9 USN Destroyers, 2 USN Destroyer Escorts, 6 RN Destroyers, 10 USN PCs, 9 Frigates, 3 Trawlers plus the following Coastal Forces vessels

ML 118, ML 153, ML 163, ML 187, ML 189, ML 190

ML 191, ML 194, ML 214, ML 230, ML 304, ML 907

HDML 1387, HDML 1409

Grey Fox, Grey Shark, Grey Seal, Grey Owl

11th ML Flotilla

ML 118, ML 153, ML 163, ML 187, ML 189, ML 194, ML 214, ML 230, ML 304, ML 448 and ML 907

Operation Neptune Invasion of Normandy

Based at Portsmouth

Navigation Leader at Omaha Beach

Minesweeping and repelling human torpedo attacks off Normandy (Gazette Date - 20/2/45)

34th ML Flotilla

Arakan

Post War Fate

11/6/47 Sold at Singapore