ML 466

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ML 466

Postby David Carter » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:39 am

I see in the Book of Remembrance today, there is a long list of men killed on ML 466. What happened?

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Re: ML 466

Postby Pioneer » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:48 pm

From our Boat Database
Fairmile Motor Launch (B ML) Length: 112'
Builder's Yard: Itchenor Shipyard, Itchenor, Essex
Completion Date: 31st March 1942 Loss or Disposal Date: 25th March 1945
Notes: ML 466 was mined off Walcheren on 25 March 1945.

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Re: ML 466

Postby Brian Holmes » Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:14 pm

I have heard that there was one survivor

ML 466 Itchenor Shipyard 31/3/42

For anti midget submarine patrols in the assault area 6/44 - 2/45
MID TLt Charles Maclennan Smith RNVR (Post)

Known Crew
TLt Charles Maclennan Smith RNVR Commanding Officer ML 466 20/10/43 Killed in action Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 30 Son of Peter and Annie Smith, of Pitlochry, Perthshire
SLt Cyril Arthur Taylor RNVR ML 466 12/6/43 SLt 22/7/43. Killed in action Sunday 25 March 1945.Age 22 Son of Arthur Charles and Lisle Taylor; husband of Winifred French Taylor, of Regent's Park, London
PO Alec McMillan P/SSX 23746 Killed Sunday 25 March 1945 Buried in Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery 22. B. 8
MtrMch Thomas Rhatigan P/MX 634700 Killed in action Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 21 Son of Thomas and Bridget Rhatigan, of Fairview, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
LSea George Bone C/SSX31278 Killed in action Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 22. Son of Thomas and Margaret Bone, of Hartlepool, Co. Durham
LSto Victor Joseph Clark D/KX 127152 Killed Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 24 Husband of R. A. Clark, of Bermondsey, London
AB Frederick Bache P/JX 385126 Killed in action Sunday 25 March 1945 Son of Frederick and Louisa Bache, of Dingle, Liverpool Buried in Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Holland
AB Frederick George Bowden C/JX260953 Killed Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 34 Son of Rachael Eleanor Bowden; husband of Kathleen Bowden, of Chiswick, Middlesex
AB Norman Coffell C/JX 352904 Killed in action Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 22 Son of Edward and Nora Coffell, of Bill Quay, Co. Durham
AB Charles Alfred Sidney Gee C/JX 378337 Killed in Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 20 Son of Samuel and Doris E. Gee, of Leicester
AB Victor James Masters C/JX 319967 Killed in Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 21 Son of Walter Thomas and Jessye Masters, of Clapham Park, London
AB William McNeil D/JX 417414 Killed Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 20 Son of Alexander and Jean McNeil, of Rutherglen, Lanarkshire
AB William C Mead D/JX 649340, Missing Presumed Killed Sunday 25 March 1945 aged 19 Son of Ernest William and Selina Mead, of Rowbarton, Somerset
AB Herbert Valentine Reardon D/JX 369390 Killed Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 22 Son of Jeremiah Silvester Reardon and Emma Caroline Reardon, of Woolwich, London
AB Ronald Rees D/SSX 35064 Killed Sunday 25 March 1945
AB Francis Robinson D/SSX 22722 Killed on Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 24 Son of Elizabeth Robinson of Newtownards, Co. Down, Northern Ireland; husband of Ivy Robinson
AB Kenneth Westland P/JX 187190 Killed Sunday 25 March 1945
Sto1 Walter Marr C/KX 141572 Killed Sunday 25 March 1945 Buried in Breskens (Kijkuit) General Cemetery Row U. Grave 1
Tel John Walter Henstridge P/JX 523243 Killed in action Sunday 25 March 1945 Age 19 Son of Wilfred R. and Florence C. Henstridge, of Battersea, London
Tel William Smith Mann P/JX 357292 Killed in action Sunday 25 March 1945

Wartime Activities
1/42 21st ML Flotilla Assembling at Fort William
ML 252, ML 254, ML 276, ML 442, ML 445, ML 452, ML 466 and ML 467
1/42 At Fort William
6/44 Operation Neptune Invasion of Normandy
21st ML Flotilla Based on Dover
ML 252, ML 254, ML 276, ML 286, ML 442, ML 445, ML 452, ML 466 and ML 467
Anti midget submarine patrols in the assault area 6/44 - 2/45
25/3/45 Sunk by a mine off Walcheren

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Re: ML 466

Postby David Carter » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:27 am

Ted and Brian - Thank you. DC

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Re: ML 466

Postby mead726 » Mon May 15, 2017 4:59 pm

Hi my name is Nick Mead. I am trying to find information regarding my great uncle, William Charles Mead who served on ML466 in Ww2. I know he was killed in action but I have no details or photos. His family never got over it and never spoke of it. Regards Nick Mead.

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Re: ML 466

Postby Brian Holmes » Tue May 16, 2017 7:59 pm

There is a previous topic about ML 466 if you go down the list.

I suggest this is combined

There is also a story that there was a survivor which I am investigating.

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Re: ML 466

Postby Jeffrey1303 » Sun May 24, 2020 4:32 pm

Is there any New information about the ML466
I Adopt the war grave of Walter Marr who served on the ML 466.

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Re: ML 466

Postby Jeffrey1303 » Sun May 24, 2020 8:34 pm

Hallo,

My name is Jeffrey and i Adopt a war grave in breskens from Walter Marr. He served on the ML 466. I found a lot of information about him and after a big search i contact family of him.

But there is no information about the boat. I really want to find a picture of this motor Launcher. Is there anyone who can help me. I live nearby the place were it sunk on 25th of march 45

Best regards

Jeffrey

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Re: ML 466

Postby Admin » Mon May 25, 2020 12:47 am

Hello Jeffrey

There is an image of ML 466 from the collection of Lieutenant Commander J K Neale DSC RNVR showing ML 466 in the Shetland Islands in June 1943 which forms part of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Collection, although this particular photo has still to be digitised. A digitised photo from the same collection shows ML 252, 467, 445 & 452 at Thorshavn in the Faroe Islands, 3 August 1942.

These were all elements of the 21st ML Flotilla and there is also a photo of Sub-Lieutenants Cragg, Holloway, Fowler, Day and Wilkie.

You can contact the IWM's Media Sales and Licensing for further details of any available photo.

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Note: I have amalgamated posts from a second thread on the subject of ML 466 into this earlier one, and added two further posts on the subject of ML 466 from a thread on ML 446 where they were originally posted, so as to keep everything on the subject in one place.

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Re: ML 466

Postby Jeffrey1303 » Mon May 25, 2020 7:40 pm

Thanks for your response .
On this site the picture is not available. So i need to contact them?

Is there any other information about the ML 466?

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Re: ML 466

Postby Admin » Tue May 26, 2020 9:44 pm

Yes you would need to contact the IWM about the possibility of getting this image digitised.

I dont’t know a great deal about this boat other than the basics of its construction as outlined in the boat database, and can only imagine the boat struck a mine left over from sweeping operations in the Scheldt the previous Autumn as part of an operation to free up the port of Amsterdam.

There is a series of notes belonging to Lt Cdr J K Neale deposited with the IWM and their summary provides an brief insight into the work of the 21st ML Flotilla.
...command of ML 252 (21st Motor Launch Flotilla) which was based on Scapa Flow for local patrol duties (July 1942 - February 1944), including a period of detached duty on anti-submarine patrols from the Faroes; his command of the 21st ML Flotilla (February - November 1944) embracing their passage from Scapa Flow to Dover (May), their employment on smoke laying operations to protect convoys passing through the Dover Straits following the D-Day landings (June - August), on routine North Sea patrols from Felixstowe (October - November) and on smoke laying and other duties during the assault on Walcheren (November);

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