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John Lambert has kindly identified the units and their equipment in the photograph from a Canadian site posted by Christian. His identification is as follows:

The outboard unit is a 71' 6" British Power Boat MTB, and the inboard unit is a Vosper with the small Mark 12 lightweight Depth Charges. These were used from D-Day to combat German one man submarines. Much smaller and lighter than the standard depth charge, more could be carried on MTB's which did not have ASDIC fitted anyway, so they could be dropped on sighting a target in the darkness. (Germans thought they were anti-social). I think that they could be used to sweep the new pressure mines, which were unsweepable. You will see many Mark 12 DC's fitted on post war units too.

The picture is from the right period too with the US Star air recognition forward - middle of 1944.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Christian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 March 2006 at 11:19pm

Hi Explosion

Thanks for passing on the info,first I've heard of these interesting weapons.I have to disagree with Aye John's assertion that the inboard boat is a Vosper though.

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     Your right Cristian the inboard boat is indeed a British Power Boat Note the vents on top of the deck house roof in fact as far as I know Vospers Did`nt have a deck house.

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    Hello again Cristian I have a correction to make. It does appear that some Vosper boats did have a chart house for`rd of the bridge but it was unlike that of the BPBs as it was lower and had much larger  windows insted of slits and no vents on the roof.

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Sadly MTB 466 was one of the 5 similar boats lost in the fire at Ostend (459,462,461 and 465 were also lost) with the loss of 28 Canadian sailors.See www.junobeach.org they have a full-res image. 
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