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McKEOWN Stafford, Leading Seaman, D/SSX.26259: ML 262 (MiD)

McLUCKIE E. S, Seaman RNR, X.19786.A: ML 341

MENNELL J, Leading Stoker, P/KX.89915: HMS Campbeltown

MILLER Charles Henry, Able Seaman, D/JX.129522: ML 177 (DSM)

MILLER Joseph, Able Seaman RNVR, P/CD/X.2949: HMS Campbeltown (age 20)

MILNER Arthur E, Able Seaman, C/JX.221890: ML 298

MILNER Tom, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX.288472: ML 298

MITCHELL Ronald Sidney, Able Seaman, C/JX.193007: ML 177 (MiD)

MOON N, Ordinary Seaman, D/JX.286367: ML 341

MOONEY Peter, Petty Officer Motor Mechanic, C/MX.76288: ML 457 (age 36)

MORGAN A. E, Leading Stoker, P/KX.91140: ML 341

MORGAN Henry Herbert (‘Harry’), Able Seaman, C/JX.187913: ML 156

MORRIS Frederick C, Leading Motor Mechanic, C/MX.89993: ML 160 (DSM)

MOYES Thomas Archibald Dunstan, Acting Petty Officer, C/JX.146128: ML 156 (DSM)

NELSON Harry Elvin, Able Seaman, P/JX.172374: HMS Campbeltown (age 23)

NELSON Richard Ruthven, Engine Room Artificer, P/MX.59887: HMS Campbeltown (age 23)

NELTHORPE B. V, Ordinary Seaman, P/JX.236834: HMS Campbeltown

NEWBOLD Leonard John, Leading Stoker, P/KX.96867: HMS Campbeltown (MiD)

NEWLANDS Thomas F, Stoker(1), D/KX.102624: ML 267

NEWMAN R. H, Telegraphist RNZN, D/NZD.2091: ML 306

NEWMAN William James, Petty Officer (Gunner’s Mate), P/J.101418: HMS Campbeltown (DSM)

NICHOLSON James William, Able Seaman, C/JX.152805: ML 268 (age 26)

NOCK Neville Robert, Acting Lieutenant RNVR, ML 298 (DSC)

O'CONNOR Athol Francis, Sub-Lieutenant RNZNR (No. 1): MTB 74 (age 21)

O'LEARY Tom, D/JX.259033: ML 446

OLIPHANT J, Stoker, K.X.127679: ML 160

O/S. Tom Milner

The extreme youth of so many of the men who sailed to Saint-Nazaire is illustrated by young Tom Milner, an apprentice carpet-weaver from Durham who, having just turned 21, found himself in charge of ML 298's forward Oerlikon.

Aside from their wooden construction and high octane fuel, the launches were further disadvantaged by the weakness of their 'main' armament, which were single 20mm Oerlikon cannons mounted forward and aft.

Assisted by Stoker Jim Mathers as loading-number, Tom kept his gun firing streams of red tracer as ML 298 manoeuvered to draw fire in the estuary narrows. Having been hit, then had his gun jam, Tom's thoughts of getting home again finally died when the 298 was fatally hit, set on fire and abandoned.


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