Ostend - February 14, 1945

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  1. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    On this day in 1945, an accidental fire ravaged the Canadian 29th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla while docked in the harbour of Ostend, Belgium. Sadly, 26 Canadian sailors lost their lives in the incident at Ostend and five Canadian vessels were destroyed. An estimated 35 British sailors also lost their lives.

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  2. papiermache

    papiermache WO 356 Mechanic

    File at National Archives, released nearly two years ago, has details of Royal Naval injured and deceased but very little on the cause apart from immediate report to Admiralty which gives first hand account:

    Reference: ADM 358/4516
    Description:
    Ostend: 14 February 1945; fire leading to the loss of coastal craft at Motor Torpedo Boat berth at Ostend, Belgium
    Date: 1945 Jan 01 - 1945 Dec 31
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: OSTEND
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
    Access conditions: Open on Transfer
    Record opening date: 18 March 2017
     

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