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‘The next night, the 15th/16th, the short boats had their first real brush with E-boats since the assault on Sicily started. ..The vessels were soon identified as six E-boats travelling at 20 knots..At 2300 MTB 77 fired both torpedoes, set at 3 feet and 5 feet, the point of aim being 600 yards ahead of the leading E-boat. Blomfield then increased speed, and two minutes after firing the torpedoes he opened up on the rear E-boat with gunfire. Immediately all six E-boats opened fire on 77, and two shore batteries on the Sicilian coast joined in. At this moment the leading E-boat blew up, having probably been hit by 77’s torpedoes. For the next fifteen minutes the four MTBs, going full out, chased the E-boats. 77, 82 and 62 were firing at the fourth in the line when it suddenly burst into flames. The second in the line then hauled out and stopped. ...In addition to Hammett’s D.S.M., MTB 77 was honoured with a D.S.C. for the skipper, Lieut. Lassen, and a Mention for another rating. Lassen went on to win a Bar to his D.S.C. and a Mention, both for actions in MTB 404. Blomfield was awarded a Bar to the D.S.C. he had won in Norway in 1940 and went on to win a second Bar and a Mention in MTB 420.[/b]