Motor Launch 466

The Fairmile B motor launch was a type of motor launch built by British boatbuilder Fairmile Marine during the Second World War for the Royal Navy for coastal operations.Detailed design and production was taken on by Fairmile.

 

Like all their designs it was based on total prefabrication so individual components could be contracted out to small factories for production and these arranged as kits that would be delivered to various boatyards for assembly and fitting out.

 

Altogether approximately 650 boats were built between 1940 and 1945. Like the A Type, the B Type were initially intended as submarine chasers, so the boats were fitted with ASDIC (sonar) as standard. Their main armament initially reflected their anti-submarine focus, with 12 depth charges, a single QF 3-pounder Hotchkiss gun aft, and one set of twin 0.303-in machine guns. The specifications given are for the original 1940 British version. As the war moved on, the vessels were adapted to other roles and the armament was modified and upgraded such as the replacement of the 3 pounder with one or more 20 mm Oerlikon cannon and removal of the ASDIC dome for more clearance as minesweepers. Some boats were configured as motor torpedo boats.

 

Motor Launch 46 struck off a mine on the Schelde, off Walcheren on 25-03-1945.

 

18 Men were killed, 15 are missing since.

Name: Bowden, Frederick George 

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:34

No.C/JX 260953

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Rachael Eleanor Bowden, husband of Kathleen Bowden, of Chiswick, Middlesex

 

Chatham memorial Panel: 80-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Coffell, Norman 

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:22

No.C/JX 352904

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Edward and Nora Coffell, of Bill Quay, Co Durham

 

Chatham memorial Panel: 80-3

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: McNeil, William

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:20

No.D/JX 417414

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Alexander and Jean McNeill, of Rutherglen, Lanarkshire

 

Plymouth memorial Panel: 94-1

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Mead, William Charles

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:19

No.D/JX 649340

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Ernest William and Selina Mead, of Rowbarton, Somerset

 

Plymouth memorial Panel: 94-1

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Rhatigan, Thomas

Rank: Motor Mechanic

Age:21

No.P/MX 634700

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Thomas and Bridget Rhatigan, of Fairview, Dublin

 

Portsmouth memorial Panel: 89-3

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Taylor, Cyril Arthur

Rank: Sub-Lieutenant

Age:22

No.

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Arthur Charles and Lisle Taylor, husband of Winifred French Taylor, of Regent's Park, London

 

Portsmouth memorial Panel: 90-2

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Bone, George 

Rank: Leading Seaman

Age:22

No.C/SSX 31278

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Thomas and Margaret Bone, of Hartlepool, Co Durham

 

Chatham memorial Panel: 80-2

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Gee, Charles Alfred Sidney

Rank: AbleSeaman

Age:20

No.C/JX 378337

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Samuel and Doris E. Gee, of Leicester

 

Chatham memorial Panel: 80-3

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Mann, William Smith

Rank: Telegraphist

Age:

No.P/JX 357292

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: 

 

Chatham memorial Panel: 80-3

 

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Reardon, Herbert Valentine

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:22

No. D/JX 369390

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son Jeremiah Silvester Reardon and Emma Caroline Reardon, of Woolwich, London

 

Chatham memorial Panel: 80-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Robinson, Francis

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:24

No. D/SSX 22722

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Elizabeth Robinson, of Newtonards, Co, Down

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 80-1

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Westland, Kenneth

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:

No. P/JX 187190

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: 

 

 

 

Plymouth Memorial Panel: 89-2

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Clark, Victor Joseph

Rank: Leading Stoker

Age:24

No.D/KX 127152

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Husband of R.A. clark of Bermondsey, London

 

Plymouth memorial Panel: 94-3

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Henstridge, John Walter

Rank: Telegraphist

Age:19

No.P/JX 523243

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Wilfred .R. and Florence C Henstridge, of Battersea, London.

 

Portsmouth memorial Panel: 89-2

 

 KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Masters, Victor James

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:21

No.C/JX 319967

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Walter Thomas and Jessye Masters, of Clapham Park, London

 

Chatham memorial Panel: 80-3

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Rees, Ronald

Rank: Able Seaman

Age:

No.D/SSX 35064

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin:

 

Plymouth memorial Panel: 94-1

 

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.


Name: Smith, Charles Maclennan

Rank: Lieutenant

Age:30

No.

Missing since: 25-03-1945

Next of Kin: Son of Peter and Annie Smith, of Pitlochry, Perthshire

 

Plymouth memorial Panel: 94-1

 

 

KIA Information: Known to have been killed at Schelde, off Walcheren.