Secrecy shrouds deadly WWII sinking of ship off France – FRANCE 24


Nantes (France) (AFP)

Eighty years ago on Wednesday, thousands of people met a watery Atlantic grave when Nazi planes sank a cruise ship requisitioned by the British government to evacuate troops from France after the invasion by German troops.

In one of the single deadliest events of World War II, the sinking of the Lancastria saw seaside communities in France’s western Loire-Atlantique region scramble to rescue survivors, tend the wounded and bury the dead.

Bodies washed up on their beaches for weeks on end.

“I remember, when he found the bodies, there was an old man who said: ‘This one was still warm’,” recounts Michel Adrien, a resident of Ile de Noirmoutier, who was six at the time