Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by Lofty1, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Lofty1

    Lofty1 Senior Member

    Let us Remember those that losts their lives this day, and this hour, 74 years ago in what was to be Britain's worst Wartime Maritime disaster.
    The sinking of His Majestys Troop ship Lancastria , at 15.48 pm local time. She took over 4,000 lives with her.

    :poppy: We will Remember them :poppy:
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  2. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Such a tragedy,the BEF under so much pressure to defend itself.Air cover inadequate when it counted for so much.

    Always remember them when visiting the numerous cemeteries on the coast south of the Loire.Dificult to think of anything else of those black days.
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    A timely reminder, thanks Lofty1. :poppy:
  4. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    On No 1's final operational patrol in France on June 17 Berry was leading a section over the docks at St Nazaire, when He 111 s came in at low level to attack troopships loading there. Berry led his section to attack but could not stop the leading bomber from scoring direct hits on the “Lancastria", setting it on fire and causing it to sink later with heavy casualties to the 4000 troops on board. Berry shot the He 111 down in flames into the river. For this action he was awarded the DFM(20.8.40)
  6. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day lofty1,sm, all who lost there lives on this ship.may they rest in peace,it is pretty discusting that the goverment will not release the final report for another 30 seems that the french are showing great respect for our fallen,i thank them,and thank you lofty1 for posting,regards bernard85. :poppy: :poppy: :poppy: to all who were lost.
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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    The 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMT Lancastria


    Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Earl Howe

    First published:

    17 June 2015

    Part of:

    France and United Kingdom

    HMT Lancastria was sunk by enemy action on 17 June 1940, while engaged in the evacuation of British troops from France


    Today (17 June 2015) marks the 75th anniversary of the UK’s greatest maritime disaster, in which more than 3,000 people lost their lives.
    Two weeks after Dunkirk, HM Troopship (HMT) Lancastria was taking part in Operation Ariel, the evacuation of British nationals and troops from France. On 17 June 1940, a large number of people, mainly UK civilian refugees, embassy staff, RAF personnel and soldiers, were on board. At around 4pm, the ship was bombed by a German Ju-88 and sank within 20 minutes.
    Lord Howe, the Minister of State for Defence, said:

    The sinking of HMT Lancastria remains the United Kingdom’s greatest maritime disaster and, although it occurred 75 years ago this week, the sacrifice of many thousands of servicemen and civilians, and the fortitude of those who were saved that day, must never be forgotten. The MOD regards the Lancastria as a ‘military maritime grave’ and the crew are honoured by memorials in Glasgow, where the ship was built, in St Nazaire, and in the National Memorial Arboretum, among others.

    The names of the merchant seamen who lost their lives are commemorated at the Tower Hill Memorial and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains the graves of over 1,000 of those who perished. Additionally there is a wooden plaque in the church of St Katherine Cree in London and remaining survivors were also awarded a special medal by the Scottish Government in 2008.
    As the wreck lies off the port of St Nazaire, in French territorial waters, it is not eligible for protection under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986. However, on being asked in 2006, the French government gave the wreck legal protection to the same level that the UK would be able to do were that possible.
    All known MOD records relating to the Lancastria are available at the National Archives at Kew.

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  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    George Osborne paid tribute to the memory of those lost on the Lancastria during today's PMQ's. :poppy:
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  9. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    HMS Lancastria remembered today by,I would think, the Lancastria Association.

    One long standing action remains on the appropriate authority

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  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Memorial in St Nazaire to the Lancastria


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  11. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member


    Are there any official records of the later "Dunkirks" that reveal exactly which ships went where and did what?

    Many thanks,

  12. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    Tom, hope this is what you are after?

    I have posted this before, so my apologies to those who have already seen it.

    I have also compiled tables of the landings etc


    Attached Files:

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  13. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member


    That was exactly what I was looking for. I'm interested in the escorts so that was perfect.

    Many thanks,

  14. STAN50

    STAN50 Senior Member

    Remembering those who perished on the Lancastria this day in 1940
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    STAN50 Senior Member

  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  17. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    The Sinking of HMT Lancastria
    17 June 2015

    The precise number of people on board remains unknown, but is estimated to be between 6,000 and 9,000. Lancastria was hit by bombs from German aircraft, and sank quickly. Only around 2,500 of those on board survived.

    The details of the incident were kept secret at the time, for fear of harming morale. It was Britain's worst maritime disaster.

    The bodies of many of those who died were washed ashore along the western coast of France, and were buried in communal cemeteries and churchyards.

    Those whose bodies were never recovered are commemorated by name on memorials for those with no known grave.

    Around 700 members of land forces are commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial, while missing sailors are commemorated on the Naval Memorials at Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth.

    The Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill, London, includes the names of the merchant seamen who were serving on board, and members of the air forces lost in the disaster are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.

    The Sinking of HMT Lancastria
  18. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Just watched the latest episode of WDYTYA on BBC 1 featuring Amanda Holden. It featured her grandfather who was on the Lancastria, and survived. You will be able to catch up on BBC i player if you are interested
    Who Do You Think You Are?, Series 13: 2. Amanda Holden
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  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I still say St Nazaire is West of Dunkirk not South :lol:
  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I was up visiting Liverpool this weekend, mostly on Chindit business, but managed to photograph some of the memorials on Pier Head. These included one for the Lancastria.

    HMT Lancastria.JPG
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