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    Posted: 25 July 2006 at 10:25am
My late father served on 2603 in the Red Sea in 1945 to 1946. I have mislaid all his photos from his tour there but do have the book "The RAF Air Sea Rescue Service 1918-1986" by Jon Sutherland which has a photo that shows dad on 2603. I want to make a model of Dad's boat does anyone have any photos or information?
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Is this not the photo from the book?I've not got the book here with me to check.

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Thanks Christian, your photo is of the sister boat, the book has another photo showing the sterns of 2603 and 2604. Dad was standing on 2603.

I was given a model of a Hants and Dorset at the weekend by a club mate but the model didn't look right. Searching the internet I found it was of the 68 foot Vosper RTTL. There are a lot of similarity to the Hants and Dorset, did Vosper develop the earlier BPB design to make this?

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Hi Gerryt

George Selman was the brains behind the BPB H&D and was also on the team at Vosper who penned the RTTL,hence the similarities.See my 1/24th scale models of both by clicking on the www button below for comparative pics.The Vospers were far beamier aft.The H&D performed better when they both had the same powerplants.Use John Pritchard plans set ref 1358 for your model,try Nick Tonkin at post@model-dockyard.com

Good luck! 

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Hi there

My late father also served in 2603 at Mersa Matruh. He joined up on 07/07/41 and was in Egypt from 13/08/43 - 1/06/46.
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