Daily Event for April 18, 2013

On April 18, 1944 HM MTB-707 was operating with the Free French frigate L'Escarmouche K-267 when the two ships were in collision off Ireland. MTB-707, being far smaller, lost the battle and sank with the loss of four of the crew. I was unable to find any details of what they were doing or what caused the collision. Those things would be worth knowing, but it is more important to remember the men who were lost.
© 2013 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honour
In memory of those who lost their lives in
HM MTB-707
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Atkinson, James H.
Able Seaman
Nichols, Harry J.
Leading Motor Mechanic
Travers, Albert
Leading Stoker
Wyatt, Harry
Able Seaman

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Jan. 11, 2016

I am the daughter of Robert Johnston who was Chief Petty Officer (Motor Mechanic) on board MTB -707 at the time of the collision with the French frigate. My father said they had been on training exercises and the collision occurred due what would appear to be human error when the MTB passed in front of the frigate and was struck amidships. The MTB was more or less cut in two and sank. The crew who died are buried in Larne Graveyard, Co Antrim.

Kind regards,
Elinor Johnston