This remarkable footage shows aerial scenes of Hastings Beach, Sussex and offshore on 4 June 1942, as Commandos returned from Operation Bristle
, the raid on St Cecily Plage, Le Touquet. In fly pasts conducted by a low flying Anson aircraft there are numerous closeups of a Coastal Forces flotilla of Fairmile C-class Gunboats, including MGB 324 and MGB 328. The 14th MGB Flotilla
usually operated in two divisions, one from Hornet
at Gosport and the other from Wasp
at Dover. The Hornet
division later formed the 1st Coastal Force Flotilla
used on special operations and raids, and is likely the flotilla seen here.
IWM: Commandos Return to Hastings After Raid on St Cecily Plage