HDML Boats 1401 to 1450

HDML 1401

Hillyard, Littlehampton, West Sussex 5/44

London Gazette 18/12/44 – For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

  • MID LSea William Watson LT/X18691A

Known Crew

  • TSLt B T Blenkinsop RNVR TSLt 19/6/42 17th ML Flotilla Based on Freetown, Sierra Leone ML 256 4/9/42 HMS Leonidas (Takoradi) Commanding Officer HDML 1401 8/5/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy TLt 19/12/44
  • TASLt F A Farrell RNVR First Lieutenant HDML 1401 8/5/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy TSLt 21/7/44
  • LSea William Watson LT/X18691A HDML 1401 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID
  • Sea John Elden LT/JX 280696 HDML 1401 died on Saturday 2 December 1944 cause unknown

Wartime Activities

  • Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
  • Distributing instructions in assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy (Gazette – Date 18/12/44)

Post War History

  • 1946 Sold Yacht = Keredon

HDML 1401 Belen with Fairmile B Silver Star behind

HDML 1401 Belen with Fairmile B Silver Star behind

HDML 1402

Hillyard, Littlehampton, West Sussex 16/7/44

London Gazette 23/10/45 – For the destruction of midget submarines in Home waters in 1944 and 1945

  • MID TSLt Frank George Hayford RNVR
  • MID LSea Charles Henry Lancaster C/JX194011
  • MID AB Frank Edwin Dethridge P/JX668278

London Gazette 11/12/45 – Wind up of the war in Europe

  • DSC TLt Edward Benjamin Butling RNVR

Known Crew

  • TLt Edward Benjamin Butling RNVR TSLt 28/8/42 HMS Edinburgh Castle (Freetown, Sierra Leone) for MLs 7/10/42 ML 296 1/12/42 HMS Philoctetes II (Freetown, Sierra Leone) TLt 28/8/43 11th ML Flotilla ML 153 For the destruction of midget submarines in Home waters 1944 – 45 MID Commanding Officer HDML 1402 17/7/44 Wind up of the war in Europe DSC HMS Eaglet (Liverpool)
  • TSLt E A Anderson RNVR TSLt 21/11/43 104th ML Flotilla Freetown,Sierra Leone Commanding Officer HDML 1041 3/9/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1402 27/5/45
  • TSLt Frank George Hayford RNVR First Lieutenant HDML 1402 24/7/44 TASLt 3/11/44 TSLt 3/5/45
  • LSea Charles Henry Lancaster C/JX194011 HDML 1402 For the destruction of midget submarines in Home waters in 1944 and 1945 MID
  • AB Frank Edwin Dethridge P/JX668278 HDML 1402 For the destruction of midget submarines in Home waters in 1944 and 1945 MID

Hong Kong Flotilla

  • John Lee (OBE) (Commanding Officer)

Wartime Activities

  • 1944-45 Destruction of midget submarines in the Nore area

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB66
  • ML3514
  • Hong Kong Flotilla
  • 1958 Sold

HDML1402

HDML 1403

Anderson Rigden & Perkins, Whitstable 8/44

Known Crew

  • TLt G A Negus RANVR TSLt 18/12/41 HMS St Christopher for MLs 23/2/42 108th ML Flotilla Based at Freetown, Sierra Leone Commanding Officer HDML 1044 4/42 TLt 18/6/44 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth Commanding Officer HDML 1403 1/8/44 HMS Hornet
  • TSLt J M Mathison RNVR TSLt 26/6/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 1/10/42 ML 551 1/10/42 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth Commanding Officer HDML 1403 27/5/44
  • TSLt L W Lee RNVR TSLt 4/10/44 HDML 1403
  • TSLt H E Munn RNVR 29/9/43 TSLt HDML 1403 Commanding Officer HDML 1089 1/3/44

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    151st ML Flotilla
    Based on Portsmouth
    ML1379, ML1396, ML1403, ML1405, ML1408, ML1413, ML1417, ML1419

Post War History

  • 2/46 Sold

HDML 1404

Anderson Rigden & Perkins, Whitstable 25/5/44

Known Crew

  • TLt W L McGawley RNVR 110th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1086 13/3/43 TLt 23/7/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1404 29/5/44 HMS Hornet Commanding Officer ML 113 7/2/45
  • TASLt P J Jacobs RNVR TASLt First Lieutenant HDML 1404 24/5/44 TSLt 24/11/44 HMS Shiel (Frigate)

Post War Fate

  • Air Safety Launch = ASL9
  • 8/46 For Disposal

HDML 1405

R A Newman, Hamworthy, Dorset 3/44

London Gazette 14/6/45 – Birthday Honours 1945

  • MID LSea William Henry Knight LT/JX206548
  • MID Eng Robert Broomhead LT/KX135913

Known Crew

  • TLt G E Crawford RNVR TSLt 21/5/42 HMS Midge (Great Yarmouth) 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth Commanding Officer HDML 1405 23/3/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy TLt 21/11/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1386 3/45
  • TASLt J H Young RNVR TASLt 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth First Lieutenant HDML 1405 21/3/44 TSLt 3/6/44 HMS Midge (Great Yarmouth)
  • TSLt P W H Roffey RNVR TSLt 1/3/44 HMS Leonidas (Takoradi) Commanding Officer HDML 1405 20/2/45
  • TSLt P A Duck RNVR TASLt 28/7/44 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth HDML 1405 11/12/44 TSLt 28/1/45
  • LSea William Henry Knight LT/JX206548 HDML 1405 Birthday Honours 1945 MID
  • Engm Robert Broomhead LT/KX135913 HDML 1405 Birthday Honours 1945 MID

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune Invasion of Normandy
    151st ML Flotilla
    Based Portsmouth
    ML1379, ML1396, ML1403, ML1405, ML1408, ML1413, ML1417, ML1419

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB83
  • 1947 Chinese Navy

HDML 1406

R A Newman, Hamworthy, Dorset 5/44

HDML1406

London Gazette 14/6/45 – Birthday Honours 1945

  • MID LSea George Emerson LT/JX200853

London Gazette 11/12/45 – Wind up of the war in Europe

  • MID TLt David Beattie RNVR

Known Crew

  • TLt David Beattie RNVR TSLt 7/8/42 HMS Aggressive (Newhaven) Commanding Officer HDML 1406 29/5/44 TLt 23/6/44 Wind up of the war in Europe MID
  • TASLt G H Parsons RNVR TASLt 1/10/43 HDML 1406 12/1/44 TSLt 1/4/44 HMS Malabar HMS Saker
  • TASLt C H Baker RNVR HDML 1406 15/5/44 TSLt 28/9/44
  • LSea George Emerson LT/JX200853 HDML 1406 Birthday Honours 1945 MID

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB84
  • 1947 Chinese Navy

HDML 1407

McLean, Renfrew Scotland 12/43

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

  • MID Engm Sidney Billsborough LT/KX139174
  • MID Tel William Emrys Evans C/JX404037

Known Crew

  • TLt D L Hill RNVR 2nd ML Flotilla First Lieutenant ML 113 28/12/42 TLt 18/9/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1407 20/12/43
  • TASLt J W Milliken RNVR TASLt 10/9/43 149th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1407 20/12/43 TSLt 10/3/44 ML 281 28/3/45
  • TMid K P Ovenden RNVR TMid 28/7/44 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1407 23/11/44 HMS Hornet
  • Engm Sidney Billsborough LT/KX139174 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1407 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID
  • Tel William Emrys Evans C/JX404037 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1407 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    149th ML Flotilla
    ML1295, ML1309, ML1383, ML1387, ML1389, ML1391, ML1392, ML1393, ML1407, ML1409, ML1421. ML1422
  • 5-6/6/44 Channel Marker at Juno Beach on D Day
    Distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

Post War History

  • 31/10/45 Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Survey Vessel = HY 4 (Photo 47/48)

HDML 1408

McLean, Renfrew Scotland 29/2/44

HDML1408

Known Crew

  • TLt K C Scott RNVR 5th ML Flotilla (Air Sea Rescue) Based on Newhaven First Lieutenant ML 141 20/7/42 TLt 20/7/43 HDML 1408
  • TASLt J M Mitchell RNVR 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth Commanding Officer HDML 1408 21/2/44 TSLt 12/5/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
  • Ord Dennis John Vicary LT/JX535082 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth HDML 1408. Died 30/06/1944, aged 19. Cause unknown. Son of Harry and Evelyn Vicary, of Crediton

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    151st ML Flotilla
    Based Portsmouth
    ML1379, ML1396, ML1403, ML1405, ML1408, ML1413, ML1417, ML1419

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB78
  • 1946 Royal Netherlands Navy Hulpopnemingsvaartuig “HY 5
  • Houseboat Castel Bianco

HDML1408

HDML 1409

Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 12/43

HDML 1409

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

  • DSM Sto1 Andrew Blackery LT/KX149145
  • MID TLt Lloyd Carrick Nisbet RNZNVR
  • MID LSea Francis Harry Monkman LT/JX179752

London Gazette 11/12/45 – Wind up of the war in Europe

  • MID SeaGnr Ronald George Gillard LT/JX384022

Known Crew

  • TLt Lloyd Carrick Nisbet (pictured below)RNZNVR HDML 1290 19/1/43 TSLt 26/5/43 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1409 14/12/43 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID TLt 1/10/44 Commanding Officer ML 463 17/1/45 HMNZS Cook (depot & training establishment, Wellington, NZ)
  • Lt S V May RNVR TSLt Commanding Officer HDML 1006 15/8/43 Lt 25/9/43 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1409 HMS Wildfire
  • TSLt P G J Kembery RNVR TASLt 5/11/43 149th ML Flotilla Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy HDML 1409 3/44 TSLt 5/5/44
  • LSea Francis Harry Monkman LT/JX179752 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1409 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID
  • SeaGnr Ronald George Gillard LT/JX384022 HDML 1409 Wind up of the war in Europe MID
  • Sto1 Alastair Campbell McLean Kerr (pictured below) KX 528199 Sto2 HMS Duke 14/6/43, HMS Europa 20/7/43, HMS Midge (Great Yarmouth) 28/8/43, HMS Europa 2/10/43, ASto1 HDML 1409 31/12/43, HMS Europa 9/3/44 – 9/4/44, HMS Europa 7/10/45. LSto 30/10/45, HDML 1465 19/11/45, Eng 31/7/46. Released 30/12/46
  • Sto1 Andrew Blackery LT/KX149145 HDML 1045 New Year Honours List 1944 MID 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1409 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy DSM

Wartime Activities

  • 149th ML Flotilla
    Operation Fabius I – Practice assault by Task Force O at Slapton Sands, Devon. Operational orders indicated expected attacks by German aircraft, surface craft and submarines. Part of escort force protecting Force O during the exercise. Force consisted of 9 USN Destroyers, 2 USN Destroyer Escorts, 6 RN Destroyers, 10 USN PCs, 9 Frigates, 3 Trawlers plus the following Coastal Forces vessels
    ML 118, ML 153, ML 163, ML 187, ML 189, ML 190
    ML 191, ML 194, ML 214, ML 230, ML 304, ML 907
    HDML 1387, HDML 1409
    Grey Fox, Grey Shark, Grey Seal, Grey Owl
  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    149th ML Flotilla
    ML1295, ML1309, ML1383, ML1387, ML1389, ML1391, ML1392, ML1393, ML1407, ML1409, ML1421. ML1422
    Distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy (Gazette Date – 19/12/44)

HDML1409

Post War History

  • 31/10/45 Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Survey Vessel = HY 5

HDML 1410

Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 22/2/44

Known Crew

  • TSLt Ronald J Smith RNVR 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth Commanding Officer HDML 1410 31/1/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy Commanding Officer HDML 1476 3/8/44 TLt 19/8/44
  • TSLt Sydney E Downer RNVR TSLt 1/4/44 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth First Lieutenant HDML 1410 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy First Lieutenant HDML 1476 3/8/44
  • PO Eng Robert Alfred McCarron LT/KX156101 HMS Duke Sto2 1/7/42, HMS Victory 4/8/42, HMS Europa (RNPS) 21/8/42, HMS Brinmaric. Based at HMS Bee 27/9/42 HDML 1410 at HMS St Christopher 12/2/44, Based at HMS Aggressive (Newhaven) 15/5/44, HDML 1476 at HMS Wildfire (Sheerness) 1/12/44, based HMS Pembroke 1/10/45, based HMS Eskimo16/6/46. Transferred to HMS Pembroke and released 26/10/45

Robert Alfred McCarron

Robert Alfred McCarron

Wartime Activities

  • 151st ML Flotilla
    Based on Portsmouth
    Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
  • 8/44 Damaged by a mine at Arromanches and paid off for refit

Memory from PO Eng Robert Alfred McCarron…

“As you know, she was built at Bideford, Devon, and we commissioned her in January ’44 – I joined her as P.O. Engineman – After undergoing her sea-trials we sailed down to Portsmouth, ostensibly to prepare for our ultimate destination, Freetown, West Africa. (we had already been issued with full tropical kit). A few weeks later we were told that the Freetown trip had been cancelled, a decision that we were pleased about because none of us fancied going there.

Little did we know, of course, that the invasion of Normandy was imminent (it seems we had been kept kept back for this).

We were then moved along the coast to Newhaven.

Late in the evening of 5th June we, and the other 5 boats of the flotilla headed out of the harbour up the Channel towards Bouloigne. The weather was really bad with squally rain and blowing a gale and pitch black. We patrolled up and down about 2 miles off the coast, which we could see at times, in spite of the weather. We kept this up for about 4 or 5 hours, expecting to be blown out of the water any minute, and then headed for home. It seems we had taken part in a diversionary exercise as part of Operation Neptune to make the Germans think we were going to make a landing in that area.

The C.O. had informed us before we set out that our chances of returning safely were not very good so you can imagine our feelings of relief !

From then on we carried on with the work we were built for, namely, Harbour Defence.

A couple of months later, whilst running at “full ahead” inside Mulberry Harbour, off Arromanches we passed over an acoustic mine which exploded, the force of which lifted the boat a couple of feet out of the water. I was lifted up and my head made contact with a wooden beam on the deckhead. I was k.o.’d for a few seconds and I came to to the sound of the engine-room telegraph urgently ringing for “full-astern”, an order which I obeyed with alacrity! (apparantly the steering had jammed and we were heading straight towards a large merchant ship !) The 2 main engines were wobbling all over the place – all the holding down bolts had broken. We managed to limp to the jetty and then had the job of stopping the water pouring in via a few broken sea-water intakes.

Fortunately, apart from my head wound, which required 4 stitches, we came through without any injuries.

The powers-that-be decided that we were no longer of any use so a few days later we were towed back to the U.K. by tug to a small boatyard at Shoreham – on – sea (I think) and the last we saw of HDML 1410 she had been pulled out of the water onto the slips . We were then sent up to Dunoon in Scotland to commission a brand new HDML 1476”.

Post War History

  • Air Safety Launch = – ASL10
  • 8/46 For Disposal
    Bought by Mrs Victor Bruce
    Converted to a yacht at Sittingbourne Shipbuilding Company. A large deck saloon replaced the charthouse and the bridge was partially covered by a cover that could be removed for canal trips. A bathroom was added aft and a study replaced the wardroom. There was a small cabin aft for the maid. A cabin was fitted for Mrs Bruce between the study and the engineroom.
  • 1948 Sold
  • 1950 Bought by Mr Vernon Motion
  • 1951 Moved to the Mediterranean and used for charter work
  • 1973 Sold
  • Yacht = Fantasia
  • 1988 Returned to the United Kingdom and based in Brighton Maina
  • 1994 (With HDML 1387) Attended the D Day 50th Anniversary Commemorations. Acted as escort for HMY Britannia for passage from Netley to Portsmouth. Present at both Omaha and Juno Beaches on 6/6/94.
  • 2002 Based in Ireland
  • 2006 Broken up. Some fittings transferred to HDML 1387

HDML1410

HDML 1411

Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 2/5/44

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

  • MID POEng George Taylor LT/KX101219
  • MID LSea Fred William Kay LT/JX258162

Known Crew

  • TLt J W Goodfellow RNVR TSLt ML 495 17/3/43 TLt 23/10/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1411 7/3/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy ML 114 For a series of actions in the Channel MID
  • TMid J A Naylor RNVR HDML 1411 7/3/44 TSLt 10/7/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
  • POEng George Taylor LT/KX101219 HDML 1411 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID
  • LSea Fred William Kay LT/JX258162 HDML 1411 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID

Wartime Activities

  • Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    Distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy (Gazette Date – 19/12/44)

Post War History

  • 1945 Survey ML7
  • 1949 Survey ML327
  • 6/53 Expended as part of Coronation Celebrations in Plymouth Sound

HDML 1412

Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 30/5/44

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For carrying despatches, escorting, defensive patrols and rescue work in the Channel

  • MID TSLt Desmond Moger Campbell RNVR
  • MID Engm Walter John Lane LT/KX133535

Known Crew

  • TSkipper G M N Parker RNR TSkipper 1/6/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1412 5/12/44
  • TSLt Desmond Moger Campbell RNVR HDML 1412 For carrying despatches, escorting, defensive patrols and rescue work in the Channel MID TSLt 21/7/44 HMS Philoctetes II (Freetown,Sierra Leone) ML 305 16/2/45
  • Engm Walter John Lane LT/KX133535 HDML 1412 For carrying despatches, escorting, defensive patrols and rescue work in the Channel MID

Wartime Activities

  • Carrying despatches, escorting, defensive patrols and rescue work in the Channel (Gazette Date 19/12/44)

Post War History

  • Air Safety Launch = ASL11
  • 8/46 For disposal

HDML 1413

Berthon Boat, Lymington 3/44

HDML1413

London Gazette 14/6/45 – Birthday Honours 1945

  • MID LSea George Leiper LT/JX219464
  • MID Sea Frank Bott LT/JX409945

London Gazette 11/12/45 – Wind up of the war in Europe

  • MID TLt Thomas Henry Cunnings McPherson

Known Crew

  • TLt Thomas Henry Cunnings McPherson RNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 21/9/42 TLt 12/6/43 ML 545 21/9/43 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth Commanding Officer HDML 1413 6/3/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy Wind up of the war in Europe MIDTMid G E Coe RNVR 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth First Lieutenant HDML 1413 6/3/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy TASLt 7/9/44 TSLt 7/3/45
  • LSea George Leiper LT/JX219464 151st ML Flotilla Based Portsmouth HDML 1413 Birthday Honours List 1945 MID
  • Sea Frank Bott LT/JX409945 151st ML Flotilla Based Portsmouth HDML 1413 Birthday Honours 1945 MID

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    151st ML Flotilla
    Based Portsmouth
    ML1379, ML1396, ML1403, ML1405, ML1408, ML1413, ML1417, ML1419

HDML1413

HDML 1413 with HDML 1476 outboard in Kiel 9/45 (taken from HDML 1414)

Post War History

  • 1946 Sold

HDML 1414

Berthon Boat, Lymington 4/44

HDML1414

TLt R H Dalzell RNVR and Lightfoot

Known Crew

  • TLt R H Dalzell RNVR TSLt 6/11/42 HMS Good Hope (Port Elizabeth) HDML 1470 1944 Commanding Officer HDML 1414 21/1/45 TLt 6/5/45
  • TSLt B M Wisdom RNVR TASLt HMS Attack small craft 6/9/42 23rd ML Flotilla ML 346 6/9/42 TSLt 19/12/42 ML 597 Commanding Officer HDML 1414 17/4/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1299 9/4/45 Operation Dracula – Assault on Rangoon
  • TASLt P W Saunders RNVR First Lieutenant HDML 1414 14/4/44 TSLt 8/8/44
  • Sen SD Thomas Macdonald
  • P.S.S.G. Harry Kavan
  • Sea John Mcatilhur  “General” HDML 1414
  • Sea SD John Dunn  “Ping”
  • Sea  Mitchill
  • Sto Roy Lamb  “Mush” Lightfoot HDML 1414
  • Ship’s Cat “Klisny”

HDML1414 crew

Mush, Geordie, Sparks, Harry, Grimmy, Macdonald, George, Rush at Strand Bay August 1945

Back Row – Dunn, Lightfoot, John Mcatilhur
Front Row – Sto Roy Lamb  “Mush”, Sea  Mitchill, P.S.S.G. Harry Kavan, Sen SD Thomas Macdonald
Taken at Flensburg September 1945

Sea John Mcatilhur and Klisny

Sea John Mcatilhur and Klisny

Post War History

  • 1946 Sold Yacht = Aisha
  • 1980 Based in Gibraltar

HDML1413

HDML 1415

McGruer, Clynder, Scotland 30/12/43

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

  • DSC TLt Jack Forgie RNZNVR
  • MID SeaGnr Eric William Herbert Gregory LT/JX198014

Known Crew

  • TLt Jack Forgie RNZNVR HMS St Christopher for MLs 19/10/42 ML 540 1/10/42 TLt 17/7/43 149th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML1415 3/4/44 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy DSC
  • TLt P O Pyle RNVR HMS St Christopher for MLs 19/10/42 ML 540 1/10/42 TLt 17/7/43 149th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML1415 14/12/43 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
  • SeaGnr Eric William Herbert Gregory LT/JX198014 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1415 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID

Wartime Activities

  • 149th ML Flotilla
    Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
  • 6/6/44 Channel Marker at Sword Beach on D Day Channel 10 position 50 05N 000 28 24W
    Distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy (Gazette Date 19/12/44)

Post War History

  • Air Safety Launch = ASL12
  • 8/46 For disposal

HDML 1416

McGruer, Clynder, Scotland 1/2/44

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

  • DSM Engm Adam Neill LT/KX117556
  • MID Sea John Herbert Sapsed LT/JX436385

Known Crew

  • TChSkipper D Main act RNR TChSkipper 6/1/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1416 1/12/44
  • TSLt J M Betty RNVRFirst Lieutenant ML 145 22/2/43 TSLt 9/4/43 HMS Mantis (Lowestoft) 149th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1416 10/1/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy Commanding Officer HDML 1468 24/11/44 TLt 9/4/45
  • Engm Adam Neill LT/KX117556 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1416 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy DSM
  • Sea John Herbert Sapsed LT/JX436385 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1416 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID

Wartime Activities

  • 149th ML Flotilla
    Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
  • Channel Marker at Sword Beach on D Day 6/6/44 Channel 9 position 50 05N 000 31 20W
    Distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

Post War History

  • Air Safety Launch = ASL12
  • 8/46 For disposal

HDML 1417

McGruer, Clynder, Scotland 28/3/44

London Gazette 14/6/45 – Birthday Honours 1945

  • MID POEng William Arthur Canty LT/KX144352

Known Crew

  • TLt L H Clarke RNZNVR TSLt ML 166 1/11/43 TLt 5/12/43 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth Commanding Officer HDML 1417 3/3/44 Operation Big Drum Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy HMS Philomel (RNZN depot, Auckland)
  • TSLt M F H Pitstow RANVR 65th ML Flotilla Based at HMS Mentor II, Stornoway ML 541 5/8/43 TSLt 2/9/43 151st ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1417 16/10/44 HMS Aggressive (Newhaven) Commanding Officer HDML 1400 1/4/45
  • TSLt A N Loweth RNVR TSLt 10/6/44 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth HDML 1417 Operation Big Drum Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy 34th ML Flotilla ML 923 9/3/45
  • POEngm William Arthur Canty LT/KX144352 151st ML Flotilla HDML 1417 Birthday Honours 1945 MID

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    151st ML Flotilla
    Based on Portsmouth
    ML1379, ML1396, ML1403, ML1405, ML1408, ML1413, ML1417, ML1419
  • 6/6/44 Operation Big Drum
    ML1081, ML1091, ML1417, ML1419 jammed German Radar on the Cotentin peninsula on D Day. Operated around 6 miles east of Cap Barfleur from 0230 to 0440. Carried RAF Type 660 and 662 Jammers plus operators
  • 15/2/45 Mined off Flushing, Holland and sank under tow

HDML 1418

McGruer, Clynder, Scotland 4/44

Known Crew

  • Lt B Walmsley RNVR 18th ML Flotilla Based at HMS Mentor II, Stornoway ML 234 21/3/43 Lt 28/8/43 HDML 1418
  • TSLt G Cowie RNVR TASLt 4/8/44 ML 912 27/11/44 First Lieutenant HDML 1379 8/12/44 – 18/2/46 TSLt 4/2/45 First Lieutenant HDML 1418 13/4/46 – 14/6/46 First Lieutenant ML 206 15/6/46 – 11/7/46 First Lieutenant ML 595 12/7/46 – 3/12/46
  • TMid S C Reid RNVR TMid HDML 1418 17/4/44 TASLt 3/6/44 TSLt 3/12/44

Post War History

  • 4/46 151st ML Flotilla
  • Based in Kiel, Germany
  • Sold

HDML 1419

Sussex Woods, Potter Heigham, Norfolk 6/3/44

Known Crew

  • TChSkipper R Cooper act RNR TChSkipper 15/2/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1419 5/12/44
  • TLt W W Mackie RNVR ML 548 14/10/42 TLt 12/6/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1419 & Senior Officer 151st ML Flotilla 21/2/44 Operation Big Drum Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy 13th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer ML 202 11/9/44
  • TSLt H T Mace RNZNVR TSLt 25/9/42 ML 209 16/4/43 Commanding Officer 1419 14/9/44 HMS Aggressive (Newhaven) TLt 25/3/45 HMNZS Cook
  • TSLt A G Coates RNVR TMid 7/5/43 TASLt 23/8/43 HDML 1382 8/43 TSLt 23/2/44 151st ML Flotilla Based on Portsmouth First Lieutenant HDML 1419 17/6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy HMS Benbow HMS Saker
  • TMid J H Johnston RNVR HDML 1419 21/2/44 TASLt 8/5/44 First Lieutenant HDML 1382 17/6/44 ML 924 TSLt 8/12/44 ML 282 3/1/45

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    151st ML Flotilla
    Based on Portsmouth
    ML1379, ML1396, ML1403, ML1405, ML1408, ML1413, ML1417, ML1419
  • 6/6/44 Operation Big Drum
    ML1081, ML1091, ML1417, ML1419 are jamming German Radar on the Cotentin peninsula on D Day. Operating around 6 miles east of Cap Barfleur from 0230 to 0440. Carry RAF Type 660 and 662 Jammers plus operators

Post War History

  • Air Safety Launch = ASL14
  • 1946 Peregrine
  • 20/8/58 Sold

HDML 1420

Sussex Woods, Potter Heigham, Norfolk 28/4/44

Known Crew

  • TSLt J A Nicholson RNVR ML 582 5/8/43 TSLt 9/10/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1420 24/4/44
  • TSLt S L Bridgett RNVR ML 178 8/5/44 TSLt 7/7/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1420 4/6/45
  • TSLt C R Hyder RNVR TSLt 18/8/44 53rd MTB Flotilla Based on Portsmouth MTB 694 8/12/44 HDML 1420 4/6/45
  • TASLt A D Boardman RNVR TASLt 1/11/44 ML 1420 TSLt 1/5/45
  • TMid C F Shelley RNVR TMid 1/9/44 ML 596 26/3/45 HDML 1420 6/45 HMS Wildfire (Sheerness)

Hong Kong Flotilla

  • Mike Fawcett (Commanding Officer)
  • Peter Hudson (Commanding Officer)
  • Sea Len Garcia C/SSX 850304
  • Sea Fred Hockey D/SSX 815647
  • Sea Geoff Steen D/JX. 900638
  • Sea Peter Yeates D/JX. 952909
  • Tel Fred Cullere P/JX 660369
  • Tel John Outing P/JX. 912308C

Post War History

  • ML3510
  • Hong Kong Flotilla
  • 5/59 Sold at Hong Kong

HDML 1421

Moody, Swanwick Shore, Southampton 23/12/43

Known Crew

  • TLt A L Hargraves RANVR TLt 3/1/43 Commanding Officer & Senior Officer 149th ML Flotilla 27/3/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
  • TLt J Holdron RNVR TLt 7/5/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1244 28/7/43 149th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1421 15/7/44
  • Robert Kerr “Rikki” FultonTSLt Robert Kerr “Rikki” Fulton (pictured) RNVR HMS Ibis (sloop) [sunk by German aircraft off Algeria] 10/11/42 Officer sea training, HMS Hambledon (destroyer) TMid 8/43 HMS King Alfred TASLt 15/10/43 First Lieutenant HDML 1421 17/12/43 TSLt 15/4/44 servws thoughout D-Day and acted as rescue boat for ships in trouble from air or E-boat attack near Arromanches. (Invalided out suffering from battle fatigue after blacking out and ramming the flotilla boss’ craft in Le Havre in late ’44) Comedian & actor. Published: Is it that time already? (1999; autobiography). Born 15/4/24 in Glasgow and died 27/1/2004 in Glasgow
  • TSLt D L Gambel RNVR First Lieutenant HDML 1399 15/5/44 TASLt 29/10/44 HDML 1421 19/1/45 TSLt 29/4/45

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    149th ML Flotilla
    ML1295, ML1309, ML1383, ML1387, ML1389, ML1391, ML1392, ML1393, ML1407, ML1409, ML1421. ML1422
  • 5-6/6/44 Channel Marker at Utah Beach on D Day
    Based upon M1387’s Operational Orders for D Day
    HDML 1421 and HDML 1422 are identified as the Channel Identification Group. They are to proceed from (Possibly Torbay) independently in time to reach Approach Channels 1 and 2 by H Hour – 13. The approaches are marked by FH 830 acoustic beacons previously laid by ML 147, ML 151 and ML 198 Operation Enthrone
    HDML 1421 and HDML 1422 are to transmit 1 or 2 as appropriate at 30 second intervals on a shielded blue signal lamp through the night. By day they are to fly a large international code numeral flag. HDML 1421 and HDML 1422 are to remain on station until 2300 on D Day.
    Returned to Portsmouth for convoy escort duties.

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB77
  • 1947 Sold

HDML 1422

Moody, Swanwick Shore, Southampton 3/3/44

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

  • DSC TSLt Geoffrey Noel Hardiman RNVR
  • MID LSea Reginald Percy Jemmett LT/JX185818
  • MID Engm Hugh Thomson LT/KX114616

Known Crew

  • TSLt Geoffrey Noel Hardiman RNVR ML 511 8/6/43 TSLt 1/7/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1422 5/4/44 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy DSC Commanding Officer HDML 1457 11/44 TLt 1/1/45 HMS Wayland (Repair ship) 20/11/45 – 22/1/46
  • Skipper J W Carter RNVR Skipper 3/9/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1422 5/12/44 – End
  • TMid C P A Garnett RNVR 149th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1422 10/4/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy TSLt 22/11/44 HDML 1336 11/44
  • LSea Reginald Percy Jemmett LT/JX185818 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1422 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID
  • Engm Hugh Thomson LT/KX114616 149th ML Flotilla HDML 1422 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID

TLt Geoffrey Noel Hardiman RNVR

Wartime Activities

  • 6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    149th ML Flotilla
    ML1295, ML1309, ML1383, ML1387, ML1389, ML1391, ML1392, ML1393, ML1407, ML1409, ML1421. ML1422
  • 5-6/6/44 Channel Marker at Utah Beach on D Day
    Based upon M1387’s Operational Orders for D Day
    HDML 1421 and HDML 1422 are identified as the Channel Identification Group. They are to proceed from (Possibly Torbay) independently in time to reach Approach Channels 1 and 2 by H Hour – 13. The approaches are marked by FH 830 acoustic beacons previously laid by ML 147, ML 151 and ML 198 Operation Enthrone
    HDML 1421 and HDML 1422 are to transmit 1 or 2 as appropriate at 30 second intervals on a shielded blue signal lamp through the night. By day they are to fly a large international code numeral flag. HDML 1421 and HDML 1422 are to remain on station until 2300 on D Day.
    Returned to Portsmouth for convoy escort duties.
    Distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy (Gazette Date – 19/12/44)

Post War History

  • Air Safety Launch = ASL15
  • 8/46 For disposal
  • = T S R
  • 2003 For sale at Birkenhead

HDML 1423

Moody, Swanwick Shore, Southampton 4/44

London Gazette 19/12/44 – For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy

  • MID POEng Peter Anderson LT/KX148727
  • MID Tel Derak Charles Fisher C/JX211843

Known Crew

  • TSLt W H Styche RNVR ML 488 5/9/43 TSLt 5/9/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1423 29/4/44
  • TSLt J A D Hall RNVR TMid First Lieutenant HDML 1423 17/4/44 TASLt 9/6/44 Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy TSLt 9/12/44
  • POEngm Peter Anderson LT/KX148727
  • Tel Derak Charles Fisher C/JX211843 HDML 1423 For good service distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy MID

Wartime Activities

  • Operation Neptune – Invasion of Normandy
    Distributing instructions in the assault anchorage after the first landings in Normandy (Gazette Date – 19/12/44)

Post War History

  • 1946 To France = VP747
  • Cameroun Navy
  • 1963 Replaced by VP 768 (HDML 1228)

HDML 1424

Mchatta, Karachi 22/5/45

Post War History

  • 4/4/46 To Burma

HDML 1425

Mchatta, Karachi 10/7/45

Post War History

  • 3/46 To France = VP41

HDML 1426

Mchatta, Karachi

Post War History

  • 1/46 Cancelled

HDML 1427

Mchatta, Karachi

Post War History

  • 1/46 Cancelled

HDML 1428

Alcock Ashdown, Karachi

  • Cancelled

HDML 1429

Alcock Ashdown, Karachi

  • Cancelled

HDML 1430

Scindia, Bombay 5/10/45

Post War History

  • 7/46 For disposal in India

HDML 1431

Scindia, Bombay

  • 1945 Cancelled

HDML 1432

Bombay Steam Navigation 11/12/45

Post War History

  • 1/7/46 To France = VP81

HDML 1433

Armedi Shipyard, Bombay

  • 6/45 Cancelled

HDML 1434

  • Cancelled

HDML 1435

  • Cancelled

HDML 1436

  • Cancelled

HDML 1437

  • Cancelled

HDML 1438

  • Cancelled

HDML 1439

  • Cancelled

HDML 1440

Hiltebrand, Kingston, USA 29/3/45

Known Crew

  • TMid P T Tomlin RNVR Lt(Sp) 11/3/43 HDML 1440 2/45

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB15
  • 1945 Returned to United States Navy
  • Passed to Royal Netherlands Navy
  • = Poema

HDML 1441

Hiltebrand, Kingston, USA 20/4/45

Known Crew

  • SLt J Joynton-Smith RANVR Mid 6/12/43 HDML 1441 11/44 HMAS Rushcutter SLt 28/2/45 127th Flotilla Based in New Guinea HDML 1346 6/45
  • TSLt J Manhire RNZNVR TSLt 21/10/44 HMS Lochinvar (Granton) HDML 1441 2/45
  • SLt Colin F Sturm RANR Third Officer ML 427 2/43 HDML 1441 24/7/44
  • SLt C B Snelgrove RANVR HDML 1441 5/45

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB16
  • 10/45 Returned to United States Navy
  • 1946 Registered by J. E. Guinn, ℅ Socony Boat Basin, foot of W. 79th St., New York, as the 59-ton yacht Buccaneer, call sign AYGB. The Socony Mobil Oil Co. leased an 80-boat marina on the Hudson River
  • 1948 Registered by Fred Varney & Co., foot of Pine St., St. Louis, Missouri, as the 59-ton yacht Buccaneer, call sign WA3148
  • 1950 Registered by Willet S. Watkins, 1601 Warson Rd., St. Louis, Missouri, as the 59-ton yacht Buccaneer
  • 1954 Registered by William S. Gribble, Jr., 3779 Childress St., Houston, Texas, as the 59-ton vessel Buccaneer
  • 1956 Registered by Joseph Frank Luycx, 914 W. 2nd St., Freeport, Texas, as the 59-ton yacht Buccaneer, homeported at Houston
  • 1959 Registered by Claud B. Barrett, 1625 Aldine St., Houston, Texas, as the 59-ton fishing boat Bucaneer
  • 1963 Scrapped

HDML 1442

Hiltebrand, Kingston, USA 20/4/45

Known Crew

  • TSLt H A Stanley RNZNVR TSLt 13/4/45 HDML 1442

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB17
  • 10/45 Returned to United States Navy
  • 1948 Registered in 1948 by Louis Cohen, 102-10 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, New York, as the 59-ton yacht Flo-Ja-Lis, homeported at New York City
  • 1950 Operated under the Salvadoran flag

HDML1442

HDML 1443

Hiltebrand, Kingston, USA 6/45

Known Crew

  • TSLt G R Reid RNVR TSLt 22/3/45 HDML 1443 2/45

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB18
  • 10/45 Returned to United States Navy
  • 1948 Registered by Nelson A. Rockefeller, Seal Harbor, Maine, as the 54-ton yacht Dragon Lady, homeported at Bar Harbor, call sign WYRK. In
  • 1956 the tonnage was increased to 61, the length to 82-feet, with the call sign WA4367
  • 1967 Out of documentation
  • 1970 Registered by Port Everglades Aircraft, Inc., 1861 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the 70-ton yacht Surveyor II, homeported at Miami, call sign WA4367. The company was incorporated on May 25, 1970, by Norman and Sue Wolfson
  • 1972 Registered by John P. Gimma, 5309 Quincy Ave., Gulfport, Mississippi, as the 70-ton yacht Par Five, homeported at Biloxi, call sign WA4367
  • 1978 Registered by Dragon Lady, Inc., 1408 Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana, as the 70-ton yacht Dragon Lady, homeported at Morgan City, call sign WA4367. In service in 1989

HDML 1444

Freeport Shipyard, Long Island, USA 26/4/45

Known Crew

  • TSLt F Smith RNVR TSLt 27/8/44 HDML 1310 HDML 1444 2/45

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB19
  • 10/45 Returned to United States Navy
  • 1947 Registered by Frank B. Thompson, 501 Lightfoot Rd., Louisville, Kentucky, as the 50-ton yacht Glenmore, call sign WC2825 in 1950
  • 1954 Registered by Neil W. Rice, Mussel’s Point, Gloucester, Massachusetts, as the 50-ton yacht Orion, call sign WC2825
  • 1956 Registered by the Boston Society of Natural History, Science Park, Boston, Massachusetts, as the 50-ton yacht Orion, call sign WC2825
  • 1958 Registered by Morris Fenton Booth, 2400 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as the 50-ton yacht Orion, call sign WC2825
  • 1964 Registered by Stanley V. Klimek, 826 East 138th St., Chicago, Illinois, as the 50-ton yacht Capt. Midnight II, call sign WC2825
  • 1970 Registered by Arthur B. Wyckoff, 132 W. Brayton St., Chicago, Illinois, as the 50-ton yacht Capt. Midnight II, call sign WC2825
  • 1973 Out of documentation

HDML 1445

Freeport Shipyard, Long Island, USA 6/4/45

Known Crew

  • TASLt R T Evans RNVR Mid 2/6/44 ML 264 HDML 1445 2/45 TASLt 8/4/45

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB20
  • 10/45 Returned to United States Navy

HDML 1446

Freeport Shipyard, Long Island, USA /45

Known Crew

  • TASLt K L Perkins RNVR TASLt 8/9/44 HDML 1446 2/45 TSLt 8/3/45 HMS Golden Hind (Sydney, NSW)

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB21
  • 10/45 Returned to United States Navy

HDML 1447

Quincy Adams, USA 16/12/44

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • 1/46 Returned to United States Navy at New York

HDML 1448

Quincy Adams, USA 1/1/45

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • 1/46 Returned to United States Navy at New York
  • 1950 Registered by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, Indiana, as the 60-ton yacht Jebo, homeported at Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1952 Out of documentation
    Operated as the Coweta II
  • 1955 Operated by B. C. Forbes & Sons Publishing Co., 80 5th Ave., New York, as the 60-ton yacht Highlander, call sign WE2115

HDML 1449

Quincy Adams, USA 17/3/45

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB32
  • 1945 Returned to United States Navy
  • Passed to Royal Netherlands Navy
  • = Tijger
  • 1972 Listed in Janes Fighting Ships in Indonesia Navy as RP 118

HDML 1450

Harris & Parsons, Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA 4/1/45

Known Crew

  • TSLt P Campbell RNVR TASLt 22/8/44 HMS Attack TSLt 22/2/45 HDML 1450 2/45

Wartime Activities

  • Royal Navy (Lend Lease)

Post War History

  • Fast Despatch Boat = FDB11
  • 1945 Returned to United States Navy
  • Passed to Royal Netherlands Navy= Dingo
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