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by Admin
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 682 Operating From Mantis
Replies: 4
Views: 5760

Re: MTB 682 Operating From Mantis

Hello Elaine Thank you for your contribution to this post. It is indeed a long time since it was last written to, but the information is always there to be discovered by someone else in the fullness of time. Your Dad’s boat was part of the 55th MTB Flotilla whose Senior Officer was Don Bradford. He ...
by Admin
Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 790 - need help and info please
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: MTB 790 - need help and info please

Simon The principal references for MTB 651 are Dog Boats at War by Len Reynolds, which is still in print, Flag 4 by Dudley Pope, and then there is the privately published memoir of one of the Commanding Officers of MTB 651, Kenneth Horlock, entitled Our Lady of the Pirates . In addition there was an...
by Admin
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 790 - need help and info please
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: MTB 790 - need help and info please

Hello Simon Thank you for your enquiry concerning your grandfather's service with MTBs 651 and 790. I took the liberty of rotating your image of the service record, added your later amendment to your original post, and then removed the duplicates. MTB 651 served in the Mediterranean as part of the 3...
by Admin
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 350
Replies: 5
Views: 4280

Re: MTB 350

Apologies Bernie, this one has slipped through the net somewhat. There are references to MTB 350, part of the 11th MTB Flotilla in Len Reynolds' Home Waters MTBs & MGBs which I will compile for you. There are a series of awards for the boat noted in the awards database along with one casualty . ...
by Admin
Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 356, 549 and 256
Replies: 5
Views: 1912

Re: ML 356, 549 and 256

Hello Lucas

Welcome to the forum. I'll look forward to learning what materials you have in your possession, which I'm sure will help add to the story here.

Regards
Admin
by Admin
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB 609
Replies: 1
Views: 1087

Re: MGB 609

Hello Jock Thank you for your post. MTB 609 started off life as MGB 609 so I have renamed your post and moved it to the MGB section for clarity to aid anyone else searching the subject in future. MGB 609 was part of the 17th MGB Flotilla and comprised MGBs 601, 603, 604,605,606, 607, 609, 610 and 61...
by Admin
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 357 History Required
Replies: 28
Views: 29194

Re: ML 357 History Required

This photo of the crew of ML 357 was forwarded me by David (Carter) who had in turn been contacted by Peter Turner, the son of crew member William Turner (see messages above).

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Crew of ML 357 (@ Peter Turner)
by Admin
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 357 History Required
Replies: 28
Views: 29194

Re: ML 357 History Required

Hello Bee Thank you for your response. I’m sorry to hear you lost what you were writing. Just for future reference there is the ‘Save draft’ facility at the bottom of the text input frame, and then below that again you will see a button marked ‘Attachments’ and that is what you can use to upload ima...
by Admin
Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 356, 549 and 256
Replies: 5
Views: 1912

Re: ML 356, 549 and 256

Hello

Yes I have the email you used to sign up, so I will write to you at that and make the correction for you.

Admin
by Admin
Tue May 18, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 356, 549 and 256
Replies: 5
Views: 1912

Re: ML 356, 549 and 256

Hello 'Lee' Welcome to the forum and thank you for the photos. The Navy List for June 1944 lists Sedulous with Chief Skipper D Main RNR, and also lists Doonie Bra e with Skipper H A Hodds RNR. Reflect and Tweenways are also listed but have no officers shown. One reference on the web states Doonie Br...
by Admin
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML in Falmouth
Replies: 5
Views: 2198

Re: ML in Falmouth

This web site mentions a Kiloran II, formerly Cambrian Prince. Kiloran II suggests there may have been a Kiloran, with both belonging to a local Ferry company? Might your Killian be Kiloran, or are you familiar with Kiloran as a boat name?

In fact our forum mentions Kiloran II was ML 253
by Admin
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104170

Re: ML 207

Hello Gray

Thank you for all the additional research you have added to the thread which has made for interesting reading. Keep up the good work!!

Regards
Admin
by Admin
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML in Falmouth
Replies: 5
Views: 2198

Re: ML in Falmouth

Hello Roger

I have not found any reference to Killian in the only source I have, which is John Lambert and Al Ross’s volume Allied Coastal Forces: Volume 1. It may have had an earlier name if you were able to look up its history within the Lloyd’s Shipping Register.

Regards
Admin
by Admin
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: George Leslie Edwards
Replies: 1
Views: 2991

Re: George Leslie Edwards

Hello Katrina There is a good book on the subject called Gunboat Command which is still in print that essentially contains the auto-biography of Robert Hichens, with additional commentary provided by his son Antony. To upload a photograph you can post a reply within this thread and then beneath the ...
by Admin
Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Actions & Operations
Topic: MGB / MTB / ML sunk close to Berck Buoy
Replies: 1
Views: 3293

Re: MGB / MTB / ML sunk close to Berck Buoy

Hello Jay Thank you for your enquiry. The figures for maximum beam I have for Fairmile 'A' and 'B' class are 17' 5" and 18' 3" respectively, and that of the larger 'D' class is 21' 3", but I don't have reliable figures for the stern width of each type. Our boat database shows all the ...
by Admin
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 6
Views: 3821

Re: ML 119

His signals board book was printed in 1937. He could only have joined up in 1941 when he was 18 Thanks for the clarification. It was a question about medals from family that started this research. Depending on whether he saw any overseas service, they would likely be the standard war medals awarded...
by Admin
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 6
Views: 3821

Re: ML 119

Hello again Ian If your father joined in 1937 then he would have been Regular Navy as opposed to Hostilities Only personnel, and may have joined up for twelve years?? A lot will depend on precise timeframes for his various postings, so if you do not have his copy of service record which would have b...
by Admin
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 119
Replies: 6
Views: 3821

Re: ML 119

Hello Ian Thank you for your enquiry concerning your father Harold Sylvester. The December 1981 edition of the former Coastal Forces Veterans Association newsletter shows him as a new member, with the membership number of 799. The brief details of his service supplied show him as having served with ...
by Admin
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Personnel
Topic: ML 482 and MGB/MTB 613
Replies: 1
Views: 2425

Re: ML 482 and MGB/MTB 613

Hello David

Thank you for the kind offer of the photos. You can post the using your login and creating a new reply and using the Attachments tab below the text input window. If you need further assistance just give me a shout

Regards
Admin
by Admin
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Herreshoff MTBs 287-294
Replies: 4
Views: 4537

Re: Herreshoff MTBs 287-294

Thanks much for the detailed information. For MTB 291-294 with service in the Royal Indian Navy, they are listed as having gone back to the USN in March 46 and then to the "State Department Foreign Liquidation Commission" in 1948 I am not aware of the eventual fate of these specific boats...
by Admin
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Personnel
Topic: PO Clarence Cuthbert KEEM C/JX607977 DSM
Replies: 2
Views: 2993

Re: PO Clarence Cuthbert KEEM C/JX607977 DSM

Hello David Thank you for your enquiry concerning your grandfather Clarence Cuthbert Keem. I believe I have managed to track down some information which may be of interest, including a strong candidate for the action for which he may have been awarded his earlier DSM. The October 1943 Navy List list...
by Admin
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 149 / ML(A) 3 and ML 919 information
Replies: 8
Views: 16703

Re: ML 149 / ML(A) 3 and ML 919 information

Hello and welcome to the forum. Thank you for the photos of your grandfather. To answer your question about his service record, all the ships shown are shore bases, as was the case for all Coastal Forces personnel. Collingwood is the basic training camp at Fareham Drake was the main barracks Plymout...
by Admin
Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Group Portraits
Topic: MTB 5009 and MTB 5007
Replies: 1
Views: 6807

Re: MTB 5009 and MTB 5007

Crew Identification MTB 5009 George Heard sixth row, third from the right Sam Stewart third row, fifth from left Wilfred Watkins third row, third from left Ken LeVoi third row, sixth from left MTB 5007 Donald Milner third row, seventh from left (later BBC India correspondent) Jimmy Whiffer ? third ...
by Admin
Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Group Portraits
Topic: MTB 5009 and MTB 5007
Replies: 1
Views: 6807

MTB 5009 and MTB 5007

Crew of MTB 5009.jpg
Crews of MTB 5009 and MTB 5007 (@ Watkins)
by Admin
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 5009 crew photos
Replies: 2
Views: 2994

Re: MTB 5009 crew photos

Hello Kieron Welcome to the forum. I corresponded with you earlier and forgot to get back to you about the photos I held which I am posting here. These were passed to me by the family of Wilfred 'Wolf' Watkins RNVR, who was Navigating Officer on 5009 based in Lowestoft (HMS Mantis). The shot of the ...
by Admin
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 12th MTB Flotilla (MTBs 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 345)
Replies: 3
Views: 4032

Re: 12th MTB Flotilla (MTBs 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 345)

Hello Warrior and thank you for your enquiry. I will look through my sources later for any information I may have on the 12th MTB Flotilla. What I would say, is that the thing which came to my mind on reading about the depth charge attacks on anti-torpedo booms, was the plan devised by Sub-Lieutenan...
by Admin
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Help Needed !
Replies: 7
Views: 10565

Re: Help Needed !

Do you have your father's service record details at all? 663 was actually an MGB forming part of the 56th MGB/MTB Flotilla in the Mediterranean, under the command of a Canadian, Lt T E Ladner, who was part of a famous trio of Canadians along with Lt Cdr J D Maitland as Senior Officer of the flotilla...
by Admin
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Forum & Web Site Feedback
Topic: Help Needed !
Replies: 7
Views: 10565

Re: Help Needed !

Hello Nick Welcome to the forum and thank you for the portrait of your father. I am fairly certain the cap ribbon reads HMTB, it’s just that the bottom part of the letter ‘B’ is slightly occluded by the angle of the shot and what looks like a shallow ridge at the bottom of the cap, which the ribbon ...
by Admin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 440
Replies: 7
Views: 14531

Re: MTB 440

Hello Debwilki Welcome to the forum and thank you for your two images. I believe the certificate reads MTB 442 and these two photographs from the Imperial War Museum collection showing the surrender by Rear Admiral Karl Bruning which took place at HMS Beehive, Felixstowe on 13 May 1945, feature MTB ...
by Admin
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: Poole Belle
Replies: 3
Views: 4226

Re: Poole Belle

Just a thought; since Poole Belle had a previous name, Anzio & Dunkirk may have had too, and those names might be contained in the pamphlet I have, should you be able to source any additional information via the Lloyds register or some such.

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