By Tony Bryan
In the course of international struggle II, few teams in the Royal army fought a tougher, extra extreme warfare than the boys of Coastal Forces. Their activity was once to function the Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs), Motor Launches (MLs) and Motor Gun Boats (MGBs) that safe coastal convoys, attacked enemy ones, and played a myriad of tasks, which come with the shedding of brokers and commandos on a antagonistic shore, raids on enemy ports, and near-suicidal assaults on higher enemy warships. whereas the MTBs have been the "bombers", providing their payload of excessive explosive torpedoes, the team of the MGBs used their laptop weapons and small-calibre weapons to sink, burn or wreck their enemy opposite numbers. consequently they observed their frail, smooth craft because the "Spitfire of the Seas".
Motor Gun Boats have been just like Motor Torpedo Boats, basically their decks have been full of as many weapons as they can hold - and to guy those guns, they required a bigger staff. throughout the early years of the battle, they have been used to counter the danger posed through German E-Boats within the English Channel, yet through 1941 they have been in use offensively, undertaking sweeps alongside the enemy coast looking for prey. via 1942 British MGBs have been noticeable within the Mediterranean, interdicting Axis offer routes to North Africa, and later assisting the Allied invasion forces as they landed in Sicily, Italy and the South of France.
The majority of those small wood craft have been in-built Britain through the British strength Boat corporation or Fairmile Marine. They got here in quite a few styles and sizes, yet in overdue 1942 the Fairmile "D" MGB made its visual appeal - a ship which might come to dominate coastal operations over the last years of the battle. referred to as "Dog Boats" via their group, they have been speedy, strong and flexible. by way of the top of the conflict, over two hundred of those small boats were equipped they usually represented the top of wartime British motor boat design.
This New forefront name tells the tale of those fragile yet lethal little warships.
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The c o m m a n d o s w e r e e m b a r k e d on a flotilla of 15 Fairmile B M/Ls, three of w h i c h w e r e fitted with torpedoes to use on any G e r m a n shipping they e n c o u n t e r e d . N e w m a n a n d his headquarters party w e r e carried on board Lt Curtis' Fairmile C vessel, MGB-314. Shortly after the Campbeltown r a m m e d t h e dock gates, MGB-314 landed N e w m a n near the Old Entrance, coming under heavy fire from G e r m a n flak guns as she did so. This scene shows t h e boat approaching the southern side of t h e Old Entrance, while t h e Campbeltown can be seen in t h e background, lodged firmly on t o p of the gates of t h e N o r m a n d i e Dock.
Complement: 3 officers, 18 ratings A rare picture of a Camper & Nicholson 117ft boat - MGB509 - pictured after the war, by which time her armament had been removed and her pennant number changed to MTB-2009. These vessels were originally built for Turkish naval service, until requisitioned by the Admiralty in late 1943. Note: these vessels were ordered by the Turkish Navy, but were taken over by the Royal Navy in February 1941, before they were completed. Only MGB-502, MGB-503 and MGB-509 were initially completed as MGBs - the rest were turned into blockade runners, designed to carry cargos of Swedish ball bearings through the Skaggerak.
Searchlight platform 10. Twin 20mm Oerlikon 11. Ammunition lockers 12. Automatic 6-pdr gun 13. Engineering (stoker's) mess 14. Tiller flat 15. Smoke apparatus 16. Depth charge (1 of 4) 17. Petty officers' mess 18. Twin rudders 19. PO's heads (stoker's heads on port side) 20. Propellers (4) 21. After fuel tanks (6) 22. Coachdeck 23. Engine room 24. Carley float (1 of 2) 25. Forward fuel tanks (6) and generator (amidships) 26. 20mm Oerlikon 27. Officer's heads and washroom (wardroom on port side) 28.
British Motor Gun Boat 1939-45 (New Vanguard, Volume 166) by Tony Bryan