Battle of the Atlantic - WWII

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Battle of the Atlantic - WWII

Unread post by Pelican » Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:37 pm

REMARKABLE WARTIME ALBUM BRINGS 150 SAILORS BACK TO LIFE
05 February 2021
Historians need help reuniting relatives with a unique piece of wartime Royal Navy history spanning the Atlantic.

They hope to trace the descendants and relatives of every sailor hosted by a New York family during World War 2.

The Caseys from Douglaston in Queens welcomed around 150 British personnel into their home, offering the men food, pastimes and a friendly family environment away from the horrors of war.

Seventy-five years later, the scrapbook the family kept chronicling their wartime visitors has been unearthed – prompting a global search for the men within.

Over the next seven or eight years, around 150 Britons – mostly Royal Navy, but also merchant sailors and RAF personnel – enjoyed the hospitality of sailor Fraser Casey, his wife Eleanor, and their three young children Pat, Peggy and Fraser.

Some men returned to New York – perhaps after completing an Atlantic convoy run or while waiting for the ship to be repaired in Brooklyn’s shipyards following battle damage.

Mrs Casey kept a memento of each one – a sheet of paper with a short biography of each man, plus a photograph.

Continues, with photos, at:
https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... mily-album

And for a video
https://www.facebook.com/royalnavy/vide ... 9103034134
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Unread post by Pelican » Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:18 pm

£750K APPEAL TO MARK BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY
02 March 2021
A light show casting the names of ships and men from the Battle of the Atlantic on to a Liverpool landmark will be the centrepoint of permanent 80th anniversary commemorations.

In the second half of the article:
"At least 111,000 sailors and military personnel from around the globe died in the six-year battle, including 26,500 British merchant and 23,000 Royal Navy sailors.

Some 3,500 merchantmen and 175 warships - 15 million tons of allied shipping in all - was lost, while three in every four U-boats was sunk.

The battle reached its peak between March and May 1943. In the final month, the Germans recalled their U-boats from the Atlantic after they suffered unsustainable losses: 43 boats sunk, 37 damaged."

See:
https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... boa-appeal
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