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Unit History: HMS Beehive

Memories of HMS Beehive

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

HMS Beehive in 1944

Written by Bernard LACOME

During the summer of 1944, the Germans sank a supply ship enroute to London from Ireland. The ship had navigated around the north of Scotland and met its fate somewhere between Lowestoft and Felixstowe. An MTB returning from a mission off the coast of Holland discovered barrels of GUINESS STOUT floating in the sea and, naturally, rescued them. Back in port, the Customs and Excise Officer impounded the barrels. BUT, some enterprising sailors used a brace and bit to drlll upwards through the wooden planking of the MTB into the barrels - and supplied many thirsty ratings and Wrens with free drinks. Months later, the brewers sent a cheque to the crew of the MTB - salvage money for the empty wooden barrels returned to them.

Forces Reunited Forum Posts Involving HMS Beehive

"1st MTB Flotilla. Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs)delivered 03.1937. Test passage to the Mediterranean. 01.1940-(08.1942) based at Felixstowe [HMS Beehive]. 1944 [?] reformed by redesignation of 8th MGB Flotilla. 06.1944 based at Plymouth, 09.06.1944 at Portsmouth. Consisted of: (10.1940) Felixstowe MTB 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 (02.1941) Felixstowe MTB 14, 17, 18 (12.1941) Felixstowe MTB 14, 18, 100 (08.1942) Felixstowe MTB 14, 17, 72 (06.1944) Portsmouth MTB 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 430, 431, 434 Good..."
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