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OVERLORD - PLUTO Pipelines & Mulberry Harbours
am a PhD student currently undertaking my doctoral research with the University
of Reading at the Department of History. My project focuses on the design and
manufacture of the Mulberry Harbours and the Pipeline Under The Ocean (PLUTO).
This is an appeal for any material including letters, company papers,
blueprints, photos, diaries etc. relating to these projects. Of particular
interest are any records relating to the work of the military planning
department Transportation 5 (TN5) and the principle planning staff responsible
for PLUTO. Additionally, any material pertaining to the relationship between the
military and the political establishment during the preparation for Operation
OVERLORD would be gratefully received. I can be contacted at the following:
Contact No: 07796284894
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Glenborrodale Castle - HMS Dorlin.
I am researching the history of Glenborrodale Castle, which was used as a base
for Combined Ops training and was part of HMS Dorlin. I would be interested to
hear from anyone who remembers (or who had a relative who remembered) training
there or any other information about how the Castle was used and the camp around
it. I have names for a few personnel who remained at HMS Dorlin after active
training ceased and a Care and Maintenance Party remained – Lt. Commander W
Pepperell (Retired), Temporary Acting Lt. (Sp) W Coutts RNVR, E. Jenkins, Seaman
RNPS LT/JX.241631, Temporary Paymaster Lt. D T Smith RNVR, Temporary Acting
Paymaster Sub Lt. T C Hackett RNVR, and Mr E G Pratt, Temporary Boatswain, RN.
I’d be interested to hear
from anyone who has any info at all (or photos) on the HMS Dorlin bases – Dorlin
House, Shielbridge House, Glencripesdale House (all three blown up at varying
points up to 20 years after the end of WW2), Glenborrodale Castle (which has
survived and is currently for sale) and Salen. I’ve lived in the Glenborrodale
area for 30 years now and am regretting that I didn’t start this project
Yours Gill Calver
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Memorial to Operation
Archery on Maaloy.
I am trying to find information and possibly a picture of a monument that
was dedicated on Aug 30th 1970 on the island of Maaloy in Norway. It
commemorates those members of HM Armed Forces who died in the combined
operation which took place on December 27th 1941. My uncle, RCAF Pilot
Officer Roderick McLachlan's name is inscribed on the monument which is
described as being made of granite, six metres high surmounted by a golden
ball held by two hands.
Thank you for any help you can provide in my search. I am 78 years old and
trying to gather up some family history to leave to my five children and
House in WW2. Greetings from Dundonald in Ayrshire. I’m trying to
find out what unit (don’t even know the service) was stationed in Fairlie
House during WW2, a stately home not far from RAF Dundonald. I know
nearby Dankeith House was the HQ for 516 and 1441 Squadrons, but it seems
likely that Fairlie House was also commandeered for wartime use. I know
men stationed there played football with the local lads. Any information
would be most welcome.
Regards and thanks
My Father, William Louthe, was a fireman on
the HMS Hilary at Juno beach. I am attaching information on him and
a wartime photo.
He is center back row. I am looking for photos of the crew, my father and
any information about him.
Thank you in anticipation.
I read with interest your article
on HMS Glenearn. My 97 year old Dad, Robbie Clark, remembers the ship as
the one that evacuated him from Souda Bay Crete just before the German
invasion. He says it was the last ship to leave. I wonder if anyone knows
when this evacuation happened. My Dad was taken prisoner at Tobruk on 21st
June 1942 and together we're trying to work out the timeline of these
momentous events in his life.
Preserved WW2 Landing Craft. Does anyone know where I could take
my Dad to see a Landing Craft for his 90th birthday in June. He served in
the Navy but missed the D Day landings due to a broken back.
Thanks to anyone who can help.
Tractors. I was recently looking through old copies of the Alton
Gazette (Hampshire) and came across the following for 6 January 1971 in
the ‘25 Years Ago’ section, '1946 4 Jan., two agricultural ploughing
machines returned to Wrights by the Petroleum Warfare Department after
working on Operation Pluto.’
Edward Walton Wright, traction engine
proprietor, moved to The Butts, Alton, about 1900. He died in 1933 when
business continued as Wright’s (Alton) Ltd. I am wondering if anyone
knows anything more about the ploughing machines that went from Alton to
be part of the Operation.
Dutch/English Translation. I’m looking for help in translating a
short story of the part my Dutch uncle played in WW2 and how he came to
fight with the Canadians against Hitler and his invasion. After the war
was over, he emigrated to Canada returning to his native Netherlands after
Thank you in
WW2 Vessel. I wonder if anyone can identify the vessel in the
attached photo. I think it may be the landing craft my late father in law
served on during the D Day invasion of Normandy. He said his craft carried
American soldiers and, I think, tanks. I also recall him saying that it
struck a mine after many trips back and forth across the channel. His name
was Kenneth Watkins and he was a south Walian from Cefn Fforest, though he
did spend a number of years working and living in Wolverhampton (pre war)
before returning to Cefn Fforest. (Click photo to enlarge.)
For any info' you can give me, I would be very grateful.
Badge. Greetings Geoff. As an avid collector of ships' badges, I
have located a picture of HMS MISOA, F117 LCT. I wonder if anyone has a
picture of this ship's badge or knows where I may find one. The badge is
a diamond frame and the ship has six battle honours and a motto
we came, we saw, we conquered.
With all this information to hand I'm keen to add an image of this
ship's badge to my collection. I would also appreciate any
pictures of wartime badges (crests ) of any ships / boats used by the
Combined Operations Command.
UK Merchant Marine, Captain
Adam Leask was in a north Atlantic convoy in the fall of 1942, when his
ship was sunk by enemy action. He and his crew were picked up and taken to
Halifax. Unable to acquire a command to return to the UK, he joined the US
Military and was given command of the Lt Colonel Matthews under the
Command of the Corp of Engineers. His ship proceeded to the Koksoak River in
Northern Quebec where the US were building one of three airports to ferry planes
to the UK. This was a secret war time venture, code named Crystal 1 to 3. His
ship was towing a barge up this river, when it apparently struck a hidden sand
bar. The ship and all its crew were lost. I've tried for years to find out what
happened to my grandfather and his crew. Were their bodies recovered? Where, if
any, are they buried? Was there any recognition given to any of them? Any
information or details of any place or person to contact will be greatly
appreciated. Thanking you in anticipation,
River Cruiser FARMAR, London.
The new owner of this boat believes it has an interesting WW2 history and would
like to find out more. It seems FARMAR was one of several similar craft built in
1937 by the James Taylor Boatyard for the gentry of the day in and around
Chertsey, Surrey. (N0165447 Reg 8/100). If you can
help, please phone David Bradford 07835301423 or e-mail this website and
your message will be forwarded.
Corp' Equipment. I am a 'Friend' of Fort Pannerden which is near the German
border in Holland where the Rhine enters Holland and splits forming the river Waal and the Pannerdens Kanaal. Fort Pannerden was constructed around 1870 and
has been recently renovated. During the early years of the "cold war" an
observation post was positioned on top of the fort. (Photo opposite). It was
manned by the Korps Luchtwacht Dienst from 1950 to 1964 when their primary task
was to observe the movement of Russian aircraft over the area.
Ideally we would like to reinstate an identical apparatus
which bears the trade name NEHOME and to find out more about it. Failing this we
would look at the possibility of making a working copy.
I will be very grateful to hear from anyone with information that might help us
achieve our goal. Just click on the e-mail icon opposite.
RM Commando Vehicles. I'm
currently marking up a 1943 Jeep in 48 RM Commando unit markings along
with Captain Martyn Heenan who is restoring a James ML motorbike. I
wonder if anyone knows what markings were used on RM Commando vehicles
involved in the D-Day landings - Combined Operations insignia or the
Commando dagger? ... and did the markings change later in the war? We
know the dagger was used post war, but we have also read that only HQ
vehicles used the Combined Ops badge. Any opinions or sources of
information we could consult would be very much appreciated. Cheers,
Sean. (Also on 45 RM Commando
Photos of British Army and Royal Marine Cloth Badges in use on Uniforms.
I am completing a book which tells the story of the many cloth badges worn
on battledress, khaki drill and jungle green uniforms by the British Army
and Royal Marines between 1939 and 1967. I'm looking for original clear
photos of such badges being worn - especially from the period 1946 to
1947. If possible I would like to borrow original photos which will
be scanned and returned by Royal Mail Special Delivery within
few days. I am happy to pay any postage incurred. Scans at 600 dpi are
fine for my purpose if you would prefer not to send originals. If you can
help please contact me on the e-mail link opposite. Many thanks in
anticipation. Jon Mills.
Combined Operations Badge. On 13 Jan 42
Mountbatten, Chief of the Combined Operations Command,
issued a general invitation for
designs to be submitted for a Combined Operations badge. On 19 Feb 42,
from the many designs sent in, one of several submitted by Lt. D. A.
Grant, R.N.V.R. of H.M.S. Tormentor, a landing craft training base
at Hamble, Southampton, was approved. Together with
his designs he provided notes relating to various images he thought
suitable to represent each of the
three services. He could not have
foreseen the use of his design well
into the 21st century in a number of countries worldwide. We
know very little about Lt Grant. If you have any information please let us
Naval Commando Uniforms. I've just joined Combinedops by paypal and
already I have some questions which you might be able to help me with. All
are about Royal Naval Commando uniforms. Firstly were green berets worn by
ranks and ratings and if so what sort of cap badge was worn by other
ranks? Secondly, did Royal Naval Commandos wear the yellow thread
tombstone Combined Operations insignia on their battledress or was it for
dress uniform? For those
Commandos trained as parachutists, were the wings worn above or below the
combined operations insignia on the right arm?... and finally what colours of lanyards did each Naval Commando wear as I believe each
"letter" wore a different colour.
thanks for any help you can give. Simon Moore.
Greatstone , Kent - PLUTO Bungalows.
I have started a website for Greatstone in Kent (where I live) at
www.greatstone.net. I am working
on building up the history and wish to add some information on PLUTO
which passed through the area. I have read your page on PLUTO and other
information but can find no specific references to the role that
Greatstone had in the operation. There's plenty about Dungeness but
nothing about Greatstone.
I am told, by a local resident that some of the bungalows in Leonard Road,
Greatstone were somehow involved given that they are known locally as
'PLUTO bungalows.' Were they used to house pumping stations? If so pumping
from where to where? How many were there etc etc. Did the pipelines go
under the sea from Greatstone or from Dungeness? (given that some people
do not differentiate between the two).
I am hoping either you can help me or you know someone who can. Thanks in
anticipation. Peter Faulkner.
PLUTO - Pipeline Under the
Ocean. The Vicar of Pear Tree
Church in Southampton was recently advised by a visitor that 'Old School
House' in Pear Tree Road (opposite the church and built by the church
before 'state' schools were common) was the wartime operation headquarters
for PLUTO. However, he cannot verify that this was the case. No doubt the
information is held in the National Archive in Kew but both the vicar and
I would be interested to hear from anyone with information about this.
If we can verify this account I'll
add information and photos (courtesy of the vicar) to the website's
Brontosaurus 1945/HMS King Alfred 1942. These group photos include my
dad father and I'd love to hear from anyone in the photos or
anyone who has any information about them. My father was Sub Lt Islwyn
Vaughan RNVR. He served as follows in combined ops; 5th LCP (L) Aug 1942
- Deippe, 520th LCA July 1942 - Point De Hoc, Normandy, Nov 1944 509th Flotilla at E Schelts
& Holland Many thanks in anticipation.