For outstanding courage and skill in action with the enemy in Light Coastal Craft
MGB 606 — to MTB 606
With torpedo tubes fitted now MTB 606 was ordered to carry out a sortie over the other side. Commander Bradford would be accompanying us as his boat was out of commission and on board was a small squad of Commandos. We never did find out what the mission was as you'll find out later. As we were creeping again to the Dutch coast, I could hear from my turret, coming from the bridge, comments about only being gremlins on the radar. Well those gremlins sure packed a punch as in minutes all hell was let loose — our boat being first in line took the full force of the onslaught. How anyone on deck survived we'll never know. We received a direct hit — probably something like a six pounder in the engine room — killing P.O. Mechanic Joe Thompson and M/M Jimmy Totten instantly. Leading M/M Rick Mulrooney and little M/M Joe Kearney were blown against the bulkhead. Although he must have been badly shaken up Rick through expertise and great courage was able to get one engine to fire and that enabled us to get away from most of the heaviest flak. Rick was awarded the D.S.M. for his part in saving the crew from either being a P.O.W. or drowning as the boat was now sinking and abandon ship was ordered. Another boat of the flotilla came alongside and we transferred to her. While this was going on Rick and the 1st Lieut. were planting explosive charges, which later on made a huge firework display. Four were killed that night from MTB 606 and all but six of us were detained in the Royal Naval hospital on returning to Yarmouth. Rick Mulrooney was President of the Merseyside branch before passing away having had the dreaded cancer and I lost a very dear friend and shipmate, and probably owed my life as well as others to him.
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