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Offline Dave Smith

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Re: Bluebird - private Air Sea Rescue motor Launch at Folkestone
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018, 14:30:49 »
Sorry, I can't help except to say it isn't THE Bluebird- that really would have been a FAST patrol boat!

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Bluebird - private Air Sea Rescue motor Launch at Folkestone
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018, 10:27:56 »
The story of Folkestone harbour in the war is now becoming clearer as more information is gathered in from various sources.  I now learn that the motor yacht Bluebird was requisitioned by the RN to provide an air sea rescue service from Folkestone under the RN Patrol Service.  And I believe that the attached photo shows the same yacht alongside the coal wharf in the inner harbour in 1934.  Although the name cannot be made out I am hoping that somebody may recognise the vessel and confirm that it is the Bluebird.

History TImeline:
1.   Royal Naval Patrol Service:  Local Air Sea-Rescue Service was provided at Folkestone by fast patrol boat BLUEBIRD commanded by Ty/Sub Lt J D Caldwell RNVR.
2.   Combined Operations base. Base was commissioned as HMS Allenby on 14/3/43 and paid off on 10/4/45. Some records show that the base was in existence as early as 1/12/42. Possibly called Bluebird III before 12/42. If so reverted to Bluebird III 11/45.  The Royal Pavilion Hotel provided accommodation for the RN unit and stores.
 
David,
Royal Navy, Aircraft Engineer, Project Manager, Yachtsman, Eroica Cyclist,  Railway Modeller

 

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