MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

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MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Postby reinaart » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:07 am

In "Battle for Antwerp" J.L. Moulton provides an interesting account of one of the lesser known MTB actions :

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Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Postby Admin » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:02 am

Dear Arjan

Thank you for the interesting info on clandestine ops in the Scheldt in the run up to the invasion of Walcheren. This difficult operation was all the more dangerous for the fact the area was heavily mined, including the use of acoustic mines. Incidentally, the awards database shows the boat’s commander as A H Whitby, and this photo from the IWM features him at right of image.

Image BRITAIN'S LITTLE SHIPS SINK A SUPPLY VESSEL AND DAMAGE ESCORTS. 21 SEPTEMBER 1943, YARMOUTH. LIGHT NAVAL COASTAL FORCES, UNDER THE COMMAND OF LIEUT CDR D G BRADFORD, RNR, SANK A LARGE ENEMY SUPPLY SHIP, LEFT ONE ESCORT TRAWLER ON FIRE AND SINKING, AND ANOTHER IN FLAMES OFF THE DUTCH COAST NEAR YMUIDEN.. © IWM (A 19264) IWM Non Commercial License

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Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Postby reinaart » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:08 am

Thanks for your input ! Looks like MTB 621 is in the background of this photo (quite an elaborate camo pattern) :

Image BRITISH MTB'S SHOOT UP NAZI CONVOY. 11 MARCH 1943, YARMOUTH, BRITISH LIGHT NAVAL FORCES ATTACKED AN ENEMY CONVOY OFF THE DUTCH COAST IN THE EARLY MORNING OF 10 MARCH 1943. LED BY LIEUT KENNETH GAMMELL, RNVR, OF BRIDLINGTON. MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS FOUGHT A SHARP ACTION AND LEFT A GERMAN TANKER, A MINESWEEPER AND A "FLAK" TRAWLER ON FIRE.. © IWM (A 14784) IWM Non Commercial License

I wonder if this particular camo pattern was especially used for MTBs earmarked for land based (covert) operations. MTB 295 and MTB 297 had a similar pattern.

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Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Postby Admin » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:07 am

I wonder if this particular camo pattern was especially used for MTBs earmarked for land based (covert) operations. MTB 295 and MTB 297 had a similar pattern.

Yes that could very well be the case. It bears similarity to the kind of pattern seen on some of the Mediterranean based Vospers that were used for landing parties.

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Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Postby reinaart » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:25 am

Apparently MTB 621's plaque was sold on ebay earlier this year :

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By the way, I wonder if anyone knows which MTBs were involved in the Normandy Tarbrush operations ?

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Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Postby Admin » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:38 pm

That's a good find Arjan.

I can't imagine there would have been too many boats involved in this activity as the crews involved would need to know the ropes. MTB 621 was part of Don Bradford's 55th MTB Flotilla who was in the photo of the officers coming ashore, and he performed drop offs on the Dutch coast earlier in the war.

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Re: MTB 621 operation Tarbrush Westkapelle October 1944

Postby reinaart » Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:24 pm

Thanks Kevin ! In the pdf file (Chapter 6) you sent me Don Bradford gives an account of Operation Premium (he commanded MTB 682 during this operation).

Source combinedops.com :

"Operation Premium
Date commenced:
Sunday, February 27, 1944
Units:
10 Commando
A raid on the Dutch coast near Wassenaar on 27/28 February 1944 by a small group of Commandos from No. 10 Inter Allied Commando who had embarked at Great Yarmouth on MTB 682.

Captain Charles Trepel and the 5 other French Commandos who left the MTB that night were never heard of again until the area around Scheveningen was liberated. During investigations into their disappearance their graves were found, five described as unknown Allied airmen, and one as unknown English soldier. The graves were disinterred and the men identified. There have been numerous suggestions as to how they met their death from drowning to execution."


This Dutch site provides more info about the fate of the French commandos who took part in this operation :

http://katwijkinoorlog.nl/commando-raid ... aarseslag/

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