Spitfire of the Seas: Motor Gun Boats

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  1. CL1

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

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  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member


    Thanks for posting the link, most certainly, 'Spitfire of the Seas'
  3. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial


    Fascinating site. Thanks for posting.
    For a group who were almost constantly in action the MTB/MGB crews never got the recognition they deserved.
  4. KevinC

    KevinC Slightly wierd

    The History Channel had a fascinating program recently of MTB vs E-Boats. Going out to sea in those needed a big set of b__ls.
  5. cally

    cally Picture Prince.

    Just for illustrative purposes here is a picture of an MGB followed by a couple of MTBs.

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  6. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial

    I posted this link before but it's appropriate to the thread:

    They don't make em like that anymore!

    Captain Thomas George Fuller (1909-1994) was a Canadian naval officer who earned renown in the Second World War for his actions as a member of the Coastal Forces.

    Born in Ottawa, he was a 32-year-old contractor when he joined the RCN in 1939. He was seconded to the British Navy where he commanded flotillas of motor torpedo boats in the Mediterranean and Adriatic.

    He was awarded the DSC for an action off Dover on 12 May 1942 before being transferred to Alexandria and HMS Mosquito in 1943. While there he won a bar to his DSC for actions in the Aegean.

    In 1944 he took command of the 61st MGB Flotilla, eight torpedo gunboats, based on Vis Island, Yugoslavia. It was here, while conducting raids on Axis shipping to provide supplies to Tito's partisans, that he earned a second bar to his DSC and a Mention in Dispatches, as well as the nickname The Pirate of the Adriatic. He was known as the Pirate of the Adriatic because he carried commandos and captured dozens of ships intact carrying useful cargo such as tons of goulash and Danish Butter. For example, he sank or captured 25 ships in ten days. He had 105 firefights at sea as well as 30 actions in which he didn't fire a shot. Nevertheless, he decommissioned 13 boats during his war service; the ships were no longer serviceable and were stripped for parts.

    After being imprisoned in Greece, he escaped in the German admiral’s barge.

    After the war he commanded HMCS Naden and HMCS Carleton before retiring in 1952

    Pirate of the Adriatic

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  7. CL1

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

  8. Vintage Wargaming

    Vintage Wargaming Active Member

    Along with being expelled from Eton for selling pornography Patrick Macnee (John Steed) was an officer in MTBs during the war. He said he wouldn’t have guns in the Avengers as he’d had quite enough of them in the war.
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  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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  10. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Always liked the film 'The Sea shall not have them' filmed off Felixstowe. Remember all the buildings on what is now Felixstowe container terminal. The base, HMS Beehive, closed july 1945, replaced with Seaplanes. The site closed I think in 1962, though the MOD land was a supposedly no go area until the seventies, we used to break through the fence to go fishing on the beach near the 'Butts'. the army firing range next to Landguard fort, now a nature reserve.
    Among those that served at Beehive, were Sir Frank Whittle as a mechanic on the boats.
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  11. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member Patron

    Found this picture on the Facebook site. Anyone have any more info on the type these two are? Very nice, especially 1502.

  12. CL1

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

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