A SUMMARY OF THE VARIOUS COMMEMORATIONS AND REUNIONS OF THE T24 TORPEDO BOAT  

Research by Manfred Kühn

1973 – The first initiative to meet the former sailors of the T24 is taken by three friends: Josef Küpper, Hans Offizier and my father Alfred Kühn.

1974 – The 1st meeting for the 30th anniversary of the survivors of  Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan GO7 – sunk by the German torpedo boat (T24) whose crew rescued 48 Canadian survivors on the night of 29 April 1944. The Canadian delegation was represented by 69 people. The German delegation was represented by three people.

1977 – 25 June 1977: commemoration at the Berneuil military cemetery (Charente-Maritime).

1979 – 24 August 1979: commemoration at the Berneuil military cemetery (Charente-Maritime) with the presence of 14 sailors from T24.

1980 – On 20 and 21 September 1980: the reunion of 48 sailors in Budingen (Germany), and a commemoration on 18 November 1980 at the Berneuil military cemetery (Charente-Maritime) with the participation only of my father.

1982 – 4th and 5th September 1982: the 5th reunion with the participation of 45 sailors in Budingen, Germany. 14 November 1982: commemoration at the military cemetery of Berneuil (Charente-Maritime) with the participation only of my father.

1984 – The 2nd meeting for the 40th anniversary of the survivors of  Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan GO7, from 23 April to 8 May 1984 with sailors of the T24. 7th meeting of sailors of the T24 in Kiel on 25 August 1984 with 36 participants. From 23 to 30 June 1984: commemoration at the military cemetery in Berneuil (Charente-Maritime) with 41 participants.

1985 – 27 April 1985: Franco-Canadian ceremony in memory of the 59 dead sailors found on the beaches and buried in the Plouescat cemetery. August 23rd and 24th 1985: Meeting of 35 sailors in Budingen, Germany.

1986 – May 6, 1986 in Brignogan-Plage the memory of HMCS Athabaskan. On 6 May 1986 Landéda remembers the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan. On 6 May 1986 visit of the Royal Navy and the rest of the paragraph. 17-19 May 1986: meeting of 23 sailors in Budingen, Germany.

1987 – 22 and 23 August 1987: meeting of 37 sailors in Budingen in Germany and France from 18 to 24 June 1987 for the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the German military cemetery of Berneuil (Charente-Maritime).

 

 


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