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Illustration James Dorrian 2015

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ML 443 as modified for 'CHARIOT' with a single 20mm Oerlikon cannon mounted forward and aft. The number 13 applied for the raid only. Depth-charges were not to be carried, and the dinghy normally stored on deck amidships was removed. Lighter anti-aircraft defences varied from boat to boat, but included post-mounted Lewis-guns amidships and Vickers Gas-Operated machine-guns mounted on the bridge-wings. The deck-mounted fuel tanks occupied most of the space either side of the superstructure, and were negotiated via steps at either end.

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DESIGNER - The Fairmile Marine Company

LENGTH - 112'

DISPLACEMENT - 67-80 tons

DRAUGHT - 4' 10" forward: 5' 1/2" aft

POWER - Two Hall-Scott 600 hp 12-cylinder

'Defender' engines, petrol fuelled

SPEED - 16 kts continuous, 21 kts maximum

RANGE - 1,500 nautical miles at 12 kts

FUEL CAPACITY - 2,305 gallons (internal)

STEERING - Lockheed hydraulic

HULL and FRAME CONSTRUCTION - Wood

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28th ML Flotilla

ML 298

ML 306

ML 307

ML 341*

ML 443

ML 446

ML 447

ML 457

* (turned back)

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20th ML Flotilla

ML 192

ML 262

ML 267

ML 268

7th ML Flotilla

ML 156

ML 160

ML 177

ML 270

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The Fairmile 'B-Type' Motor Launch overview

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ML 443 photographed during the Raid. Captained by Lieutenant K.M. Horlock, and carrying demolition teams destined for the Power-Station target group, she was one of only three attacking boats to return, successfully reaching Falmouth in company with Lieutenant Tom Boyd's ML 160 and Lieutenant Norman Wallis' ML 307: the 443 later served in the Mediterranean, and was present at the surrender of the Italian Fleet, in 1943.