The number of personnel recruited to Light Coastal Forces
Casualties suffered by Light Coastal Forces in over six years of conflict
Boats constructed: MASBs, MTBs, MGBs, SGBs, MLs, RMLs & HDMLs
Awards granted to Coastal Forces personnel
Nationalities who served with Light Coastal Forces: British, Irish, Norwegian, Dutch, Polish, French, Greek, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Indian, Burmese
Coastal Forces bases worldwide
The number of MTBs available to the Royal Navy at outbreak of war in September 1939
Age of the youngest Coastal Forces casualty, Edwin Frederick Daniels killed 10th March, 1943 on MTB 622. Son of Mrs E Daniels, of Redhill, Surrey
Theatres of Operations including: The Channel, North Sea, Southern Mediterranean, Agean, Adriatic, West Africa, Indian Ocean, Burma, Pacific, West Indies
The seventeen year lifespan of Coastal Forces (1940–1957) and of HMS Hornet, the principal Coastal Forces base at Gosport
The number of Wrens who died while in service with Light Coastal Forces
Vosper design MTBs delivered to our ally the Soviet Union to assist them in defeating Hitler and the Nazis
“Humility must be the measure of a man whose success was bought with the blood of his subordinates, and paid for with the lives of his friends.”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
The night of the 28th–29th May 1944 saw the largest single loss of life suffered by Coastal Forces through friendly fire, when MTB 732 was sunk by gunfire from the Free French destroyer La Combattante in the English Channel, after being mistaken for an E-boat.
MTB 732 acccompanied by MTB 739 had been ordered to search for two E-boats, sighted in an area of the Channel where La Combattante was also conducting a sweep. Despite both MTBs sending up recognition flares, the destroyer opened fire on MTB 732, sinking the boat, and killing 15 crew.