Motor Torpedo Boat 606

Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) was the name given to fast torpedo boats by the Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy. The 'motor' in the formal designation, referring to the use of petrol engines, was to distinguish them from the majority of other naval craft that used steam turbines or reciprocating steam engines.The capitalised term is generally used for the Royal Navy (RN) boats and abbreviated to "MTB".

 

During the Second World War, the US Navy boats were usually called by their hull classification symbol of "PT" (Patrol, Torpedo), and are covered under PT boat although the class type were still "motor torpedo boats".

 

After the end of the War in 1945, a number of the Royal Navy's MTBs were stripped and the empty hulls sold for use as houseboats.

 

Destroyed by gunfire from German surface vessel off the Dutch Coast (Hoek van Holland) 4 November 1943.

 

MTB 606, MTB 617, MTB 621, MTB 630, MTB 632, MTB 650 and MTB 671 are on an operation to land a party of commandos on the Dutch coast.

Approaching the coast they sight four E boats. Two E boats are damaged and retire towards the coast. MTB 617 is hit and an Oerlikon gun is put out of action. MTB 617 is sent back to the base with the commandos since the landing is compromised and the Senior Officer transfers boats to MTB 606.

MTB 606, MTB 621, MTB 630, MTB 632, MTB 650 and MTB 671 sweep northward from the Hoek of Holland and sight a convoy consisting of a large buoy laying ship Main escorted by armed trawlers Vp 1401 and Vp 1419 and Flak lighter FJ23.

MTB 606, MTB 621, MTB 630, MTB 632, MTB 650 and MTB 671 attack.

 

Vp 1419 hits the bridge of MTB 606 with an 88mm shell. Two more hits are received in the engine room one in a petrol space and one in the tiller flat. The steering is stuck and MTB 606 goes round in a circle. The LMtrMch gets two engines working spasmodically.

MTB 621 received hits and retired to the west.

MTB 630 attemps to take MTB 606 in tow but fails and then comes alongside and rescues survivors.

 

3 Crew members were killed , two of them are missing since.


Name: Thompson, Joseph Howard

Rank: Chief Motor Mechanic 

Age:22

No.P/MX 98650

Missing since: 04-11-1943

Next of Kin:Son of Joseph and Victoria Thompson, of Sunderland, Co. Durham.

 

  

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KIA Information: Known to have been killed off Dutch coast, Hoek van Holland.


Name: Totton, Joseph Howard

Rank: Chief Motor Mechanic 

Age:23

No.D/KX 137206

Missing since: 04-11-1943

Next of Kin: Son of R, Totton, of Chorlton, Manchester. 

 

  

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KIA Information: Known to have been killed off Dutch coast, Hoek van Holland