Bell from American ship destroyed in Second World War going home

September 10, 2019 – The bell from a United States Navy ship sunk the night before Operation Overlord began is to be returned to the American authorities. USS Osprey was lost on 5 June 1944 when she hit a mine around 5pm and sank with the loss of six men, south of the Isle of Wight. Now more than 70 years on, the ship’s bell which has been handed over to Heloise Warner, the acting Receiver of Wreck based at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in Southampton, is going home.…

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Dutch veterans at the commemoration of Portsmouth

June 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – 75 years ago, the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany began in Portsmouth. The allied invasion fleet departed from this British port city on 5 June to dump itself on the French coast a day later (D-Day). Today, more than 300 D-Day veterans and many heads of government commemorated this historic moment. Among them Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Commander of the Armed Forces Lieutenant Admiral Rob Bauer. Rutte and Bauer were accompanied by veterans André Hissink and Camiel Stritzko and Ridder Militaire Willems-Order…

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D-Day 75: events to mark 75th anniversary of Normandy Landings announced

January 16, 2019 – Events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June 2019 have been announced at an event at The D-Day Story in Portsmouth. Vice Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Gordon Messenger announced the official commemorations during a visit to The D-Day Story in Portsmouth. The Ministry of Defence has worked with The Royal British Legion and Portsmouth City Council to organize a series of events to take place in Portsmouth and Normandy. The centerpiece of the D-Day 75 program will be a specially-chartered ship…

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