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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Re: ML 206

Postby jpfoynes » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:42 pm

Dear ML 206 son...

I have been researching MLs for very many years, partly for various naval histories I've published, but also out of sheer personal interest.
My late father worked for Aldous Successors, Brightlingsea, where 206 was built, and worked on her.
I am now helping the local museum build up their collection of B'sea 39-45 naval photos, and wonder if you have any taken by your father when his ML was fitted out and commissioned there (straight after building) in the early spring of 1941.

Julian Foynes (do check my bona fides as naval history writer on Amazon, British Library Catalogue, IWM Catalogue)

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Re: ML 206

Postby RichardBell » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:21 pm

photos attached from the time my Dad Ernest Bell served on ML206 from 41-45.
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Re: ML 206

Postby RichardBell » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:23 pm

More photos of ML206
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Re: ML 206

Postby RichardBell » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:25 pm

Further photos
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Re: ML 206

Postby RichardBell » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:28 pm

ML206 and photos of reunion in the 80’s
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Re: ML 206

Postby David Carter » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:22 pm

Richard Thank you for posting these photographs - most interesting. David Carter

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Re: ML 206

Postby Gray207 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:36 pm

Fascinating photographs Richard. Thank you for posting them. I wonder if you have any idea of the locations and the dates that they were taken? As you may have read elsewhere in the forum, my father was on ML207 during the war and he said that ML206 was the ship they worked closely with. I have a basic timeline of events, which I would I am trying to tighten up. I imagine the times and places for the two ships would be similar. Also, did your father ever mention a convoy in the Baltic in late 1945 or very early 1946, during which the MLs were acting as escorts to some small German vessels? They were being taken to the Soviet Union as war reparations. My father has written a graphic account of events when the convoy were hit by a ferocious storm after setting out from Bornholm Island. He says he thinks ML206 ended up in Sweden.

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Re: ML 206

Postby RichardBell » Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:55 pm

I am afraid I do not have dates but I will check my records of where ML206 was based during the war from the records of the Royal Navy. I think 206 was posted to the Med in late 45 but my father did not go.


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