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the crew of mtb 255
  MTB 460 of the 29th MTB Flotilla at sea in the Spring of 1944. (© Libraries & Archives Canada)


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On this day: 21st July

Able Seaman Thomas Edward Ginn (H.M.M.G.B. 322)
Sub-Lieutenant Richard Lawson Walker (H.M.M.G.B. 324)
Lieutenant Henry Patrick Cobb (H.M.M.G.B. 328)
Ordinary Seaman Eric Higginbottom (H.M.M.G.B. 328)
Able Seaman Andrew Doherty McNulty (H.M.M.G.B. 328)
Chief Motor Mechanic Raymond Edward Tompkins (H.M.M.G.B. 328)
Stoker 1st Class William Alfred Yates (H.M.M.G.B. 328)
Ordinary Seaman Alfred J Lacey (H.M.M.G.B. 601)
Able Seaman Arthur Arnold (H.M.M.T.B. 633)

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them


MTB 316 – Sinking by the Scipio

The Italian cruiser Scipione Africano, which sank MTB 316 on the night of the 17th July, 1942 off of Reggio. Although hit by torpedoes from MTBs 216 and 313, the cruiser managed to make good her escape, in the direction of Taranto. © US National Archives

Straits of Messina, Sicily: 17th July 1942

On the night of 17 July 1942, MTB 316, an American built Elco that had been transferred to the Royal Navy, was patrolling in the Straits of Messina along with MTBs 260, 313, and 315, when a ship was observed travelling at high speed coming through the straits from the north. The ship which proved to be the Italian cruiser Scipione Africano, altered course straight for the MTBs.

The unit split up in order to commence an attack run on the cruiser, which proceeded to open fire on all four boats at very close range, hitting MTB 316 which blew up with the loss of all her crew.