Specialist Navigating Officer Lieut. David Birkin's film of 15th MGB Flotilla
The contents of the film are as follows:
* MGB 318 leaving Dartmouth from depot ship Kiloran. Lt. Jan McQuoid-Mason (CO) to
the bridge and joined by two other officers and then Commander Ted Davis.
* aboard MGB 503; Capt. Frank Slocum D.D.O.D.(I.) followed by Mike Marshall (CO)
then Andrew Smith.
* aboard MTB 718; Guy Hamilton with head-set.
* Commander Davis with Ronnie Seddon (CO)
* crew of MGB 503. Front row, 2nd from left Ted Whitehill, then Bill Webb, Mike
Marshall & Andrew Smith
* crew of MGB 502. Front row 3rd from left Fred Smith (cox'n), then Peter Williams
and Lloyd Bott.
* crew of MGB 318. Second row, 2nd from left ‘Nigger’ Mould (cox'n), then Jan McQuoid-Mason
(CO) and Mike Pollard (?) Third row extreme left Harold Pickles.
* MGB 503 at speed
* MGB 503
* crew of MASB 36: Front row, 4th from left John Motherwell (CO).
*officers group photo: from left Mike Marshall, Peter Williams, Ronnie Seddon.
* second group: front row from left: Lloyd Bott, Jan McQuoid-Mason, Mike Marshall,
Peter Williams, Ronnie Seddon, John Motherwell. second row: 2nd from left Andrew
Smith, 5th Guy Hamilton, 6th John Townend.
* Andrew Smith
* third group with Commander Ted Davis
* MGB 318 leaves Kiloran again, with Westward Ho! in the background.
* David Birkin
* aboard Westward Ho!, officers using sextant.
* MGB 318 and surf-boat at Grach en Cle'der 27 August 1944.
* Mme Le Duc and Dr Le Duc
* MTB 718 astern of MGB 318 at L'Aber vrac’h, September 1944.
* Aboard MGB 318
* Ile Vierge lighthouse.
* stern of MTB 718
* MGB 318 & MTB 718 at L'Aber vrac’h,
* Commander Davis at L'Aber vrac’h,
* MGB 318 alongside HMS Londonderry at L'Aber v'rach
* Some of MGB 318 crew: Two on right (John Markham & Jim Gordon) subsequently lost
when their next boat MGB 502 sank after striking a mine off Norway 12th May 1945.
* Jan McQuoid-Mason and Ted Davis
* German Narvik class destroyer at Ile de Batz.
* M. Tanguy ?* Hotel at L'Aber vrac’h,
* MGB 318 alongside HMS Londonderry; taken from MTB 718
* surf boat at L'Aber vrac’h with MGB 318 & MTB 718 in background.
1942:- Training as a Telegraphist - MLs 215 and 164 - The Story of MTB 718 -: Ronnie
Seddon, Guy Hamilton, John Townend - 15th MGB Flotilla (SO Peter Williams) - 4/1944
to 5/1945: Details of Clandestine Ops in Northern Europe and Norway, many involving
landing and recovery of agents of varying nationalities - Damage during Operations
KNOCKOUT and LOLA - The tragic loss of MTB 2002 (28 deaths, 2 survivors).
Dec 40:- Rating in HMS ESKIMO ( Russian Convoys and the Med.) - NO in MTB 673 (CO
John Barker) - Western Approaches, patrols and minelaying - damaged in collision
- MTB 718 (CO Ronnie Seddon) as XO and Boats officer - 15th MGBF (SO Peter Williams)
- Clandestine ops. out of Dartmouth, Aberdeen and Lerwick - Surf Boats operations
- left behind at Bonaparte Beach - escape from France - the Resistance - Norway,
severe storm damage - loss of MGB 502 (2002) -