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by Gray207
Sat Jun 19, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

I must correct my previous post regarding burials at sea. I’ve been going through some of my father’s hand-written notes looking for any mention a coxswain other than Longmate, so far without success. What I did come across, though, was something I had forgotten about. A burial at sea that occurred ...
by Gray207
Fri May 14, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Andy Your current thinking regarding your grandfather’s time with ML 207, certainly fits in with what I always thought was the case and, since I cannot remember my father mentioning the name of another coxswain anyway, for the purposes of the book, that’s what I will keep with - at least for the mo...
by Gray207
Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Andy Thank you for you post. It was great to hear more about your grandfather, Herbert Longmate. I knew from what my father told me that he was quite a character and what you have said certainly confirms it. I loved your story about his remedy for earache. I might include it in the book, that’s if y...
by Gray207
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Andy. Thank you so much for your post any my apologies for not replying sooner - for one reason or another, I haven't checked the forum for some weeks. It was fabulous to hear a little about your grandfather’s background. I didn’t know his first name was Herbert but my father did say he was in his f...
by Gray207
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Last weekend marked the 76th anniversary of the D-Day landings and, as the pages of this forum attest, Coastal Forces played key roles during the assault, with the division’s ships and crews taking on a multitude of tasks including navigation leaders, escorts and position markers. Many Coastal Force...
by Gray207
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

My father’s book describing his wartime experience aboard ML 207 is nearing completion – though I am sure there will be more than a few twists and turns yet before it is actually finished. I certainly have quite a list of ‘to do’s’ to complete and lots of editing. In the meantime, I thought members ...
by Gray207
Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

David, thank you for your post of the oil painting. Aarhus was one of the locations that my father said he visited during his time in Denmark. I have looked at the numbers on the MLs in the painting and I could persuade myself that the ship on the left has 207 painted on its side but, then again, I’...
by Gray207
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

I thought members would be interested to see the Danish newspaper article about ML 207 that was published on 26 June 1945, a few weeks after the ship arrived in Denmark. I’ve managed to obtain a copy from the newspaper and have included the relevant page below. At the time, Extra Bladet, was one of ...
by Gray207
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Peploe , thanks for your post. Yes, my dad always said flotilla was based very close to the statue of the Little Mermaid when it was in Copenhagen. reinaart , thanks for the correction. I have a vague recognition of my father telling me about Den Helder. I think the ML may have called at the port o...
by Gray207
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 35
Views: 55683

Re: ML 206

Richard Thanks for the reply. I already had my father’s service record from when he left the Navy, so have never requested a further copy. I did contact Portsmouth some years back, asking if they had any information about ML 207 but was simply directed to the National Archives. I was also told that ...
by Gray207
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 35
Views: 55683

Re: ML 206

Richard, thank you for this information. It has proven very helpful. The dates generally tally with my own timeline and I’ve been able to tighten up the gap that I had around the Christmas of 1944 – though, as always, more information raises further intriguing questions. Individual ships from the fl...
by Gray207
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: MLs Terneuzen 1945
Replies: 2
Views: 8050

Re: MLs Terneuzen 1945

Arjan

Some very interesting images here. I can just imagine the atmosphere of VE day and all the celebrations. Fantastic!
by Gray207
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Arjan Thank you for your posts and research. Well done for solving the mystery of the little boy in the IWM photographs. Actually, when I look at the images again, the fact that the people are in traditional dress does give the game away as regards the photographs being staged. Pity though, it certa...
by Gray207
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

I though members would be interested in a couple of unusual photographs I have relating to ML207. I pretty sure they were taken in Copenhagen but they may also be at Kiel. The lack of damaged buildings in the background certainly points to the former. The first is ML207 in floating dry dock undergoi...
by Gray207
Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Arjan Thank you for the research and the latest, very dramatic, photograph of the damaged bridge. First, let me correct the obvious silly mistake in the final paragraph of my previous reply to you. The dates should, of course, have been February 1945 through to Mid-April 1945. My father does not men...
by Gray207
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Peter Thank you for your post and your kind regards. Yes, you and all the crews of, as you say, ‘those little ships’ had tremendous comradeship but much more than that, you all played such a vital role in events - far more than has been given credit for. I just hope I can complete my father’s book t...
by Gray207
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Arjan Thank you so much for you post. It is truly fascinating. I have puzzled over the location shown ML207 by the bridge for some time. There were several possibilities but I just could determine which was correct. As it happens Terneuzen wasn’t top my list so, I am really grateful to you for havin...
by Gray207
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 206
Replies: 35
Views: 55683

Re: ML 206

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 ba...
by Gray207
Sat May 11, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Pennyworth very kindly sent me a CD containing lots of photographs of ML207 together with a recording of her father recounting some of his memories of the ship. As it turned out, my own father has many of the identical photographs in his album. Penny explained that her father recalls that a professi...
by Gray207
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

DonCrouch1 Thank you so much for your private message and my sincere apologies for not replying when you first sent it - I have only just come across the file and could go mad that I missed it until now! I really hope you see this post and that you get in touch again. I have also sent you a private...
by Gray207
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Penny

Thank you for your swift reply, especially as you are in the middle of moving home!

I have sent you a private message with my contact details. Hopefully, you receive it without problem.
by Gray207
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Pennyworth, thank you for the fascinating information regarding your father and my apologies for not replying sooner - It’s been a while since I checked the forum. It was very interesting to read your post and look through your photographs and I was also intrigued to learn of your father’s recollec...
by Gray207
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Peploe , thank you for posting the photograph of the football team. It was great to see it! Though, as you say, it may have nothing to do with the match in Denmark. However, I think I recognise a few of the crew of ML207, which, combined with the letter ‘R’ insignia, suggest that it does. The perso...
by Gray207
Thu May 24, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

My thanks to Brian Knights, Steve Admin and Peploe for their posts relating to ML207 and my sincere apologies for taking so long to reply. It must be some sort of record! I have not posted on the site for a quite a long time. We had a serious house fire around the time of knights6lb's post that, as ...
by Gray207
Sat Feb 20, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 1st ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 17378

Re: 1st ML Flotilla

When the London Gazette plays up it's always a struggle! In this instance they issued a later correction in a supplement of 29 May, 1945, having apparently printed John Whitfield Armstrong S.A.N.F. (V) in error, instead of J R Armstrong. Thanks for the explanation. I would never have found the reco...
by Gray207
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:19 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 1st ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 17378

Re: 1st ML Flotilla

In trying to sort out who is in the original photograph. I came across a web page, posted just three months ago (Nov/Dec 2015), showing the medals awarded to TLt. J.R. Armstrong DSC, RNVR. The commanding officer of ML 450 from 23rd Mar ’43 to at least July 1945 (see link: http://www.collectorsweekly...
by Gray207
Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 1st ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 17378

Re: 1st ML Flotilla

I came across a thumbnail image of TLt. J. O. Thomas RNVR, the commander of the 1st ML Flotilla, and ML 222, from September 1944 (see below). TLt. James Owen Thomas RNVR.JPG Although the image is small, it enables his identification in the main photograph of the Officer’s of the 1st ML Flotilla (see...
by Gray207
Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: 1st ML Flotilla
Replies: 7
Views: 17378

1st ML Flotilla

I thought forum members would be interested in a photograph that I discovered amongst my father’s papers and may be able to identify those within it. It is of the officers of the 1st ML Flotilla (see below). Officers of the 1st ML Flotilla.jpg My father served aboard ML 207 during WW2 and I have a p...
by Gray207
Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

Firstly, my thanks for the information regarding ML 207 provided by Brian Holmes. Some of it precedes my father's time with the vessel but I found it fascinating anyway! With regard to Hugh McCusker, I must admit that I would be surprised if he wasn’t on ML 207 during operation Neptune and also duri...
by Gray207
Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Motor Launches
Topic: ML 207
Replies: 61
Views: 104177

Re: ML 207

It certainly looks as if Colin Hubbard is ‘Scouse’ - the man my father replaced was also a Stoker. The fact that he came from Southport rather than Liverpool wouldn’t matter. Anyone from the area and with the slightest hint of a Liverpool accent would immediately get the nickname Scouce and, of cour...

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