On This Day: Every effort was made to hide the news of the sinking of the ship from the people. But about a month later, a New York newspaper revealed it.
Britain’s ship was sunk by Germany – RMS Lancastria Sinking (Photo – Twitter)
On This Day 17th June History: Even today, those big events are talked about around the world, which happened during the Second World War. One such incident is related to Britain’s RMS Lancastria ship. Which was sunk on this day i.e. June 17 in the year 1940. This accident happened during Operation Aerial. Under which the Allied forces and civilians were evacuated from the coasts of western France from June 15 to June 25, 1940. As soon as the news of the sinking of the ship was received, an emergency order was issued to evacuate British civilians and soldiers aboard.
It is said that about 4 thousand people died in this accident. Which is the biggest tragedy in the history of the ship in the history of Britain. Apart from men, women and children were also included in these. This ship was bombed by Germany near the French port, after which it sank 20 minutes later. Less than 2500 people were able to save their lives (RMS Lancastria the Forgotten Tragedy). It is also called Britain’s biggest loss in the Second World War. In this, more people lost their lives than the deaths in both the Titanic and Lusitania accidents.
Over 1400 tonnes of oil leaked
Only after the sinking of the ship, more than 1400 tons of oil leaked into the water and the ship caught fire. Many people died from drowning, oil suffocation and shots fired from German planes. The survivors of the accident were evacuated to safer places with the help of other ships (RMS Lancastria Sinking). According to a BBC report, the then Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced a complete media blackout after the ship sank. The government was afraid that at such a time when people came to know about this news, then anything bad could happen.
New York newspaper revealed
A newspaper in New York, USA, gave information about this accident in late July. After this, British newspapers linked the news to patriotism (RMS Lancastria Survivors). The Scotsman, a Scottish newspaper, delivered a six-paragraph news story in the middle of a five-page newspaper on July 25, 1940. He highlighted the claims of the New York Sun newspaper and stated that 500 people are feared dead (RMS Lancastria Deaths). After this, once again the detail of this incident was given. In which it was told that 2500 people have been rescued and the rest may be in the hands of the enemy.
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