Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by von Poop, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    Very interesting thread, I haven't seen it before. - so much research and information.
    My Dad's family, all seafarers, were big supporters of our local RNLI, but I don't think there was one of our boats at the Dunkirk rescue. Maybe too far North? (Blyth Northd.)
  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    This is such a great thread going back years. I have just got around to reading my copy of Riders of the Storm, bought in a charity shop for just one pound. I would recommend it to anyone, not just for the WW2 aspect, but the history of the RNLI.

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

  4. CMH

    CMH Member

    Just come across this thread which is a great tribute to some very brave people. One thing I have been looking at (not very successfully) is what - if any - role did the RNLI have in D-Day? I understand that several stations were put on standby - does anyone have any details of these?
  5. RAFCommands

    RAFCommands Senior Member

    With so much sea traffic there were enough naval rescue craft tasked to make RNLI launches redundant.

    Weymouth RNLI launched to rescue the baled out crew of B-24 #42-94885 but were recalled before the reached them.

    The detail from RNLI Records of Service 1939-46 is:

    PORTLAND , DORSET . At 9.30 in the
    morning of the 6th of June, 1944, D Day,
    the opening day of the invasion of Normandy,
    a U.S.A. Liberator aeroplane, returning from
    Normandy, crashed on Chesil Beach at Lang-
    ton Herring. Seven airmen baled out and
    came down in the sea. Three remained in the
    aeroplane and were unhurt. A westerly
    wind was blowing and there was a heavy swell
    on the beach. The Weymouth motor life-
    boat was launched, but was recalled by the
    naval authorities. She might have rescued
    all the men had she been allowed to go on.
    At Wyke Regis Mr. W. Tod, partner in a
    firm of boat-builders, with the help of a dozen
    men, removed the engine and other gear
    from a 15-feet boat which they were building,
    and at considerable effort took her over the
    beach and launched her. Mr. Tod and three
    of his men went out in her, but only one knew
    much about handling boats off the beach,
    nor was this boat - the only one available -
    suitable for such work. They got her off the
    beach, but she shipped a lot of water, and
    they were compelled to return.
    In the meantime eight Portland fishermen
    launched two rowing boats from Chesil Cove.
    They were all elderly men. One was seventy-
    three. With that gale blowing it was a
    difficult and dangerous task to launch small
    boats off Chesil Beach and the eight men
    risked their lives in doing it. They got
    safely away, and three of them in one boat
    returned at 10.50 with two airmen whom
    they had picked up about a mile west of the
    coastguard lookout at Fortuneswell. They
    put out again and picked up another airman.
    The five men in the other boat picked up
    another man. Soldiers at Wyke Regis found
    a body. Nothing was found of the other two
    airmen. - Rewards, £14 15s., and a letter of
    appreciation to Mr. Tod.

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  6. CMH

    CMH Member

    Thanks Ross,much appreciated. Chris
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 cc978-9W978W
    §Sir T. Cook
    asked the Minister of Labour whether crews of lifeboats, who may become liable for military or naval service, are considered for exemption upon application being made by local branches of the National Lifeboat Institution?

    §Mr. E. Brown
    Whole-time lifeboatmen aged 18 or over are reserved from service in His Majesty's Forces by the Schedule of Reserved Occupations. Many part-time lifeboatmen are, no doubt, fishermen and as such are reserved, except for service in the Patrol Service of the Navy. If it were desired to apply for the temporary deferment of the calling-up of any part-time lifeboatmen who are not reserved under the schedule by reason of their main occupation, the proper course would 979Wbe for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to make application to the Ministry of Shipping. I am assured that any such applications, which should be made as soon as possible after the men concerned have registered under theNational Service (Armed Forces) Act, would receive careful consideration.

    LIFEBOATMEN. (Hansard, 15 February 1940)
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  9. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I don' t think this one has been posted before but many of the images have disappeared....RNLB 'The Viscountess Wakefield' aground at De Panne.

    Viscountess Wakefield Lifeboat.jpg
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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  11. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

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