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Hi there,
 
All great stuff indeed, what a trip back! rowing a dinghy through the hole!
 
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Thanks very much John and glad you enjoyed it - an amazing generation and all of them so modest. Kind regards. David.
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The image of SGB4 Grey Fox with Newhaven fort in the background was taken by Lt Ron Ashby late of MTB 07 of the 2nd MTB Flotilla.

After his incredible escape from Hong Kong with the legendry one legged Chinese Admiral Chan Chak he was posted on Grey Goose I believe as 1st Lt. He was due to take command of Grey Fox on the 10th July and went out on her on the night of the 9th and the above photo was the result of the action. Grey Fox made a slow voyage back across the Channel in daylight and in reverse for a period.

How did I get the photos and info, Lt Ashby was C/O of MTB 07 of which my father was the Stoker PO and I am in contact with Ron Ashby's son.
For more info on MTB 07 and Ron Ashby click the following link: http://www.mwadui.com/HongKong/index_hk.htm
 
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A great photograph, Richard - good to see a bit of the old fort at Newhaven in the background too; father undoubtedly mentioned Ron Ashby to me some years ago and his HK-China trip amazing (I think his first DSC for this). With renewed thanks. Kind regards. David.

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Edited by Pioneer - 21 December 2008 at 9:31am
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Hi there,
 
My goodness, can see how you could row through it!,
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Have been away for a week or two - and what a picture to come back to! Really does show the extent of the damage - so many thanks Richard. Much appreciated. David.
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Hi,

My Grandfather Wilfred Taylor served on HMS Grey Fox in 1942 and was part of the Coastal Forces during WW2. I am currently writing up his notes well from what he can remember during his time in the Coastal Forces serving on HMS Grey Fox.

He is pictured in the photo of the crew, we also have a copy of the photo and it is on display in the Imperial War Museum in Manchester. I have other photos of Grey Fox which I sent for from the Imperial War Museum London, numbering 12.

I am also currently in the process of building an exact scale model replica of HMS Grey Fox for my Grandfather as my Father was in the process but passed away in July 2007. If anyone wishes to share information on HMS Grey Fox, I would gladly do so.

I am also wondering what happened to HMS Grey Fox after the war, there is no record or at least i can't find any record of what happened to her?
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As far as I know, "Grey Fox" was scrapped late 1945-1946, only "Grey Goose" being retained by the Admiralty for further experimental work in minesweeping measures - the latter now a houseboat on the Medway. Sometime last year, I came across a model of "Grey Fox" after googling her name - will see if I can find a reference for you since the detail was excellent. Good luck with your research. David - son of John E-H, "Grey Fox's" Jimmy the One from her launch and latterly her C.O.
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