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by reinaart
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Rosie the Riveter
Replies: 1
Views: 1928

Re: Rosie the Riveter

There are quite a few pics of Wrens working on MTBs in the IWM collection as well : https://i.imgur.com/s2Tuhm1.jpg https://i.imgur.com/11v93W0.jpg https://i.imgur.com/AO4t0pk.jpg https://i.imgur.com/4WGahnE.jpg https://i.imgur.com/rBdqDir.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jHCWrNj.jpg https://i.imgur.com/S1zS...
by reinaart
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Rosie the Riveter
Replies: 1
Views: 1928

Rosie the Riveter

Some weeks ago I happened across this pic of a British Rosie working on a Vosper :

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Arjan
by reinaart
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 28th MTB Flotilla
Replies: 20
Views: 12934

Re: 28th MTB Flotilla

Thanks Matt for posting these interesting pics ! Interesting to see the band stand of the twin Oerlikon on MTB 405, this part of the boat is usually hidden from view in most pics. I also like the E-Boat pics.

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Motor Gunboats
Topic: MGB46
Replies: 5
Views: 4052

Re: MGB46

Hi Al, a pic of S 201 and S 202 probably taken in Holland (expired ebay auction) :

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Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 28th MTB Flotilla
Replies: 20
Views: 12934

Re: 28th MTB Flotilla

Many thanks Simon ! The last three images you posted do indeed seem to show one of the type S-151 E-Boats. This series of boats was actually built at the Dutch Gusto Schiedam shipyard (in occupied Holland) according to German Kriegsmarine sepecifications : https://werf-gusto.com/?page_id=6779 Regard...
by reinaart
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 28th MTB Flotilla
Replies: 20
Views: 12934

Re: 28th MTB Flotilla

I've found another image of the Schnellboot that I thought surrendered at Valletta (notice the torpedo targeting gear, someone seems to have removed the binoculars): https://i.imgur.com/YlaTOal.jpg https://media.iwm.org.uk/ciim5/526/198/mid_000000.jpg?action=e&cat=Photographs GERMAN SMALL SHIPS ...
by reinaart
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 28th MTB Flotilla
Replies: 20
Views: 12934

Re: 28th MTB Flotilla

That's an interesting photo book ! Perhaps you could make a scan of the E-Boat pics on page 20. I've seen the top left one before but I don't think I have ever seen the other two. These photos show S-151, S-152, S-155 or S-156. Here you can also find a photo of these particular vessels after having ...
by reinaart
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 670
Replies: 103
Views: 101444

Re: MTB 670

A pic of MTB 670 with a surrendered Schnellboot can be found here (scroll down to the bottom):

http://www.s-boot.net/englisch/sboats-k ... icsea.html

By the way, the pic on the previous page of a crew member holding a grenade probably shows a German 88 mm round.

Arjan
by reinaart
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 28th MTB Flotilla
Replies: 20
Views: 12934

Re: 28th MTB Flotilla

Simon, although I'm not completely sure I think the E-Boat (Schnellboot) in this pic is S-61 :

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Captured Schnellboote at Valletta (scroll down almost to the bottom of the page) :

http://www.s-boot.net/englisch/sboats-k ... icsea.html

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB Torpedo Tube question
Replies: 6
Views: 12255

Re: MTB Torpedo Tube question

Hi Peter, I don't know where these particular Jacob's Vospers were commissioned. The torp loading pics were I think taken at Valletta or Ancona. All I know is that these Vospers were at HMS Gregale on VE day. This photo shows the Vospers decked out in bunting : https://i.imgur.com/u5oeNec.jpg Some m...
by reinaart
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB Torpedo Tube question
Replies: 6
Views: 12255

Re: MTB Torpedo Tube question

Hi Peter, I don't know where these particular Jacob's Vospers were commissioned. The torp loading pics were I think taken at Valletta or Ancona. All I know is that these Vospers were at HMS Gregale on VE day. This photo shows the Vospers decked out in bunting : https://i.imgur.com/u5oeNec.jpg Some m...
by reinaart
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: 28th MTB Flotilla
Replies: 20
Views: 12934

Re: 28th MTB Flotilla

Great photos, thanks for sharing. It seems the pic of the German E-boat bridge was also taken at Valletta.

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB Torpedo Tube question
Replies: 6
Views: 12255

Re: MTB Torpedo Tube question

Thanks for posting these really interesting pics ! They show a lend lease Vosper (probably built by Jacob's). Any idea where these photos were taken ?

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: MLs Terneuzen 1945
Replies: 2
Views: 6994

Re: MLs Terneuzen 1945

Today I've found another pic taken at Terneuzen. It's definitely not a great pic and unfortunately only three digits of the boat number are visible. Perhaps yet another pic of ML 1409 :

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Arjan
by reinaart
Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667
Replies: 34
Views: 42930

Re: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667

Apparently the Higgins boats of the 45th MGB Flotilla were manned by the African Coastal Force :

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Arjan
by reinaart
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667
Replies: 34
Views: 42930

Re: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667

I'm not sure, though, if any of the RN Higgins MTB s were stationed at Vis. I don't know anything about MGB s but the RN also used some former US Higgins boats as gun boats (45th MGB Flotilla).

Arjan
by reinaart
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667
Replies: 34
Views: 42930

Re: MTBs 634, 637, 638 and 667

Douglas, the MTB with the Bofors gun was a Higgins MTB. This means that your dad (if he is indeed the man in the pic) served on MTB 419, 420, 421, 422 or 423. My guess is that it may have been MTB 422 because there are some action pics of this vessel taken from a Vosper (also IWM I think) . These pi...
by reinaart
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 298
Replies: 17
Views: 27621

Re: MTB 298

Hi Michael, welcome on board ! Of course we are interested in the photos you have. I think I only know this pic of MTB 226 (Hvar):

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Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: identification of base 1944
Replies: 15
Views: 8030

Re: identification of base 1944

I sent you a private message containing my email address so drop me a mail and I will send you what I've got. An acquaintance of mine has better quality images of the parade footage. This video should be interesting for you : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbkMRQxBMIc Some rare pics : https://i.img...
by reinaart
Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: identification of base 1944
Replies: 15
Views: 8030

Re: identification of base 1944

Your certainly have excellent eyesight Stephen ! Chipmunk, I've got many period pics of Terneuzen showing VE day, the clearing of the Scheldt etc. There are quite a few IWM pics showing Terneuzen and the type of activities your dad may have been involved in : https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/searc...
by reinaart
Thu Sep 24, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: identification of base 1944
Replies: 15
Views: 8030

Re: identification of base 1944

The colored men were probably Dutch marines from the former Dutch colonies and comrades of Frank Koulen : "England In England Frank Koulen, and probably also his fellow marines, are stationed aboard the Marine Depot ship ‘Oranje Nassau’ and after that on the Hr. Ms. ‘Jacob van Heemskerck’. From...
by reinaart
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: identification of base 1944
Replies: 15
Views: 8030

Re: identification of base 1944

Your second pic can also be found here (scroll down), it is suggested it may have been taken in Terneuzen or England. I think the former is very likely (I know the Terneuzen region well), it would would also explain the colored men.

https://www.bevrijdingintercultureel.nl ... iname.html

Arjan
by reinaart
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: identification of base 1944
Replies: 15
Views: 8030

Re: identification of base 1944

What strikes me as odd is that the motor bike in the first pic has a "KM" marking which stands for Koninklijke Marine. I assume that motor vehicles assigned to foreign volunteers in the RN would have had RN markings. If this is indeed the case, the pic was probably not taken in England . G...
by reinaart
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: Leghorn (Livorno)
Replies: 2
Views: 4434

Re: Leghorn (Livorno)

Hi, the pic you posted definitely shows the Fortezza Vecchia (old fort) in Livorno (Leghorn). Compare these pics : https://i.imgur.com/Al4i64f.jpg https://i.imgur.com/D66XCbN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xVeiGUd.jpg https://i.imgur.com/YLP489P.jpg Needless to say I would be interested to see the pics of ...
by reinaart
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 20542

Re: MTB 245

To correct my mistake, the last photo I posted does show a Vosper after all .

Arjan
by reinaart
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?
Replies: 6
Views: 8297

Re: MTB 245 - Who is Bill?

Nice to see you have found the answer to your main question !

Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 20542

Re: MTB 245

I think MTB 245's forward Oerlikon guard probably had splinter mattresses on the inside and a spray cover on the outer side. Photo doesn't show a Vosper :

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Arjan
by reinaart
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 20542

Re: MTB 245

You're welcome Matt . I have been wondering about the canvas guard around the Oerlikon. It was probably anti shrapnel padding rather than a simple spray screen but I'm not sure. A clear example of the padding used on a Vosper MTB :

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Regards,

Arjan
by reinaart
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 20542

Re: MTB 245

The vessel I marked with a red dot might also be MTB 245. At any rate, she has the same distinguishing features : - Single 20mm Oerlikon gun on the fore deck with what appears to be a canvas spray screen. - Carley float attached to the port side of the pilot house. https://i.imgur.com/4gphylK.jpg ht...
by reinaart
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Motor Torpedo Boats
Topic: MTB 245
Replies: 13
Views: 20542

Re: MTB 245

Two photos showing MTB 245, or part of the vessel, can be found here :

http://www.rodericktimms.royalnavy.co.u ... hotos.html

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Regards,

Arjan

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