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Hi there,
 
That would be great to see, by coincidence I was at a dinner of business users of the River Medway, and was sat next to the current owner.
 
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Hello Richard
I had hoped David would place an image up in here - could you oblige?.
If you have any difficulty in reducing the size to 50k - drop a PM and I will try and assist.
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Hi jennie

I have a photo of SGB 04 Grey Fox taken after a furious night encounter with six German Mine Sweepers off Etaples along with Grey Wolf. They sank two minesweepers, but a third collided with Grey Fox with such force that everyone on her bridge was thrown on their faces and a huge hole was driven in her hull. Grey Fox struggled home, with bows almost awash, but with only one casualty.

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Hello there and thanks for your message - I will try and get a couple of scans done. Best wishes. David.
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Welcome aboard David
Could you put a couple of your images up here - I'm sure that we would all like to view them - meanwhile enjoy your trip.
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Dear Jenn

I have a picture of the damaged bow of "Grey Fox" following the action of July 1942 - and quite a lot of other wartime images, including her crew under Peter Mason, who was skipper that night, and which must presumably include your grandfather?

My father was No. 1 of Grey Fox from the day she completed her trials and became her captain soon after D-Day, so he must have known your grandafather very well. You might be able to trace the recommendation for his mention in despatches at the National Archive, Kew - if you gave me his number, rank, initials and surname, etc, I should be happy to undertake a search on your behalf.

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Thanks Christian.
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This text is from wlb-Stuttgart website, Translation is by Google;

26 - 27.9.1943
Channel
Brit. Attack on a German convoy with the freighter Madali (3019 GRT), from Le Havre to Dunkirk marches. Geleitsicherung through M 507 / From the Groeben 534 and M / Jungingen, mine finder M 82, M 84 and V boat outpost 1507. While the British MGB 108, MGB 117 MGB 118 and try to secure additional 15 vehicles Vp.-Flotilla (Lt.Cdr Rall), V1501, V1509, V1511, V1512, and the 2 M-Flotilla (Lt.Cdr Pinkepang) by the sea her attack, targeting the niederl. MTB 202, MTB 204 and MTB 231 (Lt. Larive) and the British SGB4 / Grey Fox (Lt. Scott), and 3 more SGB before Fécamp and Bercq-sur-Mer from the coast and sink to 1501 V / Wiking 7 , the freighter Madali and the accompanying 534 M / Jungingen. -- At L'Abervrach minesweepers, the 4616 boat M / Maurice Jacqueline by stranding of lost.
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Hi,

Thanks for the great picture of Grey Fox!

I've been looking through some of my Grandad's papers today and found a clipping that gave details of an event.
July 10th 1942.
In a furious night encounter, off Etaples, Grey Fox and Grey Wolf engaged 6 German minesweepers. They sank 2 but a 3rd collided with Grey Fox with such force that everyone on her bridge was thrown on their faces and a huge hole was driven in her hull. Grey Fox struggled home, with her bows almost awash. (Taken from Ron Ashby's obituary)

My grandfather had added ;
Confirmed that the minesweeper that rammed Grey Fox was sunk by Grey Fox's gun fire.

Having checked his service history he was on Grey Fox at that time and probably would have been on his gun during that encounter.

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Indeed cracking shot of Grey Fox, Grey Goose much changed now, but very prominent on the Medway shoreline, although I believe owner not keen on visitors to it!

 

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