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WWII D.S.M. GROUP OF 4 MEDALS TO A.B. L. COUSINS, R.N. (MOTOR GUN BOATS)

*** RESERVED *** The bloody WWII Coastal Forces Motor Gun Boat D.S.M. group of four awarded for a fierce night action Channel on 24 Oct 1943, when M.G.B. 607 accounted for a brace of E-boats, one of them by ramming at speed - five of 607’s crew were killed and another six wounded, with six members decorated for gallantry and four more mentioned in despatches. Consisting: Distinguished Service Medal George VI to A.B. L. Cousins, P/JX. 350038; 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star with France & Germany clasp; WWII War Medal. Accompanied by cloth patch and copy photographs of MGB 607 and crew and copy of hardback publication 'The War of the Motor Gun Boats' by A.J. Chapman; a seaman aboard M.G.B. 607 on the fateful night of 24 Oct 1943.
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D.S.M. Gazetted 9 May 1944: "For action on the night of 24th/25th October 1943 - A/B. Cousins was Radar Operator of M.G.B. 607 and although severely wounded, he stuck to his post and supplied the bridge with Radar information concerning the enemy. He showed great courage and calmness in spite of his wounds. A/B. Cousins acted in the highest traditions of the service." London Gazette 15 Oct 1948 published a full account of the night’s action, via Admiral of the Fleet Jack Tovey’s original despatch of 18 November 1943 - one of just four epic Coastal Forces’ actions chosen for post-war publication to represent the many daring Coastal Forces engagements: "At 0206 M.G.B.s 607 and 603 engaged a group of E-boats steering an easterly course about 22 miles north-east of Smiths Knoll buoy. The unit pressed home its attack with great vigour and set two E-boats on fire. These E-boats were seen to blow up. M.G.B. 607 (Lieut. R.M. Marshall, R.N.V.R.) also rammed and sank a third E-boat. Lieutenant's Marshall and Lightoller showed admirable judgement and a magnificent fighting spirit in this, the most successful action of the night. It is considered that the claim to have destroyed 3 E-boats is substantiated. Once again, the value of the  2-pdr. starshell both as illuminants and as incendiary ammunition was demonstrated." Prior to the ramming and collision, M.G.B. 607 received numerous close-range hits, putting the pom-pom gun out of action and causing several casualties. Five crew members were killed and 6 further, including cousins, were badly wounded. The two vessels then became locked together and the E-boat was set ablaze. Very shortly after, followeing a small explosion, she sank. Two D.S.C.s, four D.S.M.s and four M.I.D.s were awarded amongst the survivors of M.G.B. 607.

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