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Unit History: MTB

MTB MTB 102 was a motor torpedo boat that served with the Royal Navy in the Second World War. She was built as the Vosper Private Venture Boat as an example, but taken into service.
Designed by Commander Peter Du Cane CBE, the Managing Director of Vosper Ltd, in 1936. She was completed and launched in 1937, she was bought by the Admiralty and taken into service with the Royal Navy as MTB 102.

She had an all-wood hull, described as "double diagonal Honduras mahogany on Canadian rock elm".

Besides the torpedoes she was built with, depth charges, machine guns and the Swiss Oerlikon 20 mm anti-aircraft cannon were all trialled on her.

MTB 102 was the fastest wartime British naval vessel in service at 48 knots.

Forces Reunited Gallery Images Matching MTB

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Forces Reunited Forum Posts Involving MTB

"...of the Med all night slopping to & fro just in case. We all owe the Air Sea Rescue a great deal. His views were also backed up by a Petty Officer friend based at Felixstowe WW2 and supported mine laying vessels overnight across the Channel with MTB’s and he said invariably they would catch sight of the Air Sea Rescue waiting just in case the Bomber Crews didn’t make it back. All our yesterdays I’m afraid Cheers to the boys in the boats. Dennis "
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"[QUOTE]Quoting: Arthur Rowsell [I]Marlene, We look after the aircraft flown by the Navy because the RAF cannot take the stresses of flying from ships..... QUOTE] We did’nt need to bother Art. we had MTBs. Apart from that most a/cs do not float that well!!!!! Incidentally, my neighbour who sadly passed away recently was a gunner in the Fairey Swordfish during W.W.II. He was a strong defender of the F.A.A. Just to make you feel bad Art. the RAF has a great regard for the F.A.A...........So..."
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"Ah! So Mr Davies is still a going concern. I was beginning to wonder. Just a thought in passing Colin, a friend of mine was in MTB’s back in the early ’70’s. It may have been out of your time frame, I’m not sure (forgotten to check your profile before I started this post!!) but he went by the name of Mick Edwards (still does I believe!) and was stationed in Gib at the time he mentioned to me. If all things tally up perhaps you may have come across him? "
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"Quoting: Mike Pass Ah! So Mr Davies is still a going concern. I was beginning to wonder. Just a thought in passing Colin, a friend of mine was in MTB’s back in the early ’70’s. It may have been out of your time frame, I’m not sure (forgotten to check your profile before I started this post!!) but he went by the name of Mick Edwards (still does I believe!) and was stationed in Gib at the time he mentioned to me. If all things tally up perhaps you may have come across him? I am alive and well,..."
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"...gallery, I don’t know why it has sparked such interest as to most it would be just another boat, which in essence it is, but that  particular types’ history was very important in modern powerboat design, not least in the development and design of MTB’s , MGB’s and of course the Air Sea Rescue launches. I decided to do a bit of research to add the knowledge I already had on these craft but the development history goes back to the beginnings of the RAF, so I will start there. From 1918 to 1986..."
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