Falmouth remembers the St Nazaire Raid: PICTURES

Falmouth Packet: Bill pays tribute at the memorial Bill pays tribute at the memorial

One of the last surviving veterans from the raid on the French port of St Nazaire during World War Two was among those in Falmouth this weekend for the annual commemorative service.

Bill Bannister, 96, joined the parade from The Moor to the memorial on the Prince of Wales Pier.

The St Nazaire memorial marks the departure point of 622 sailors and commandos who left for France in March 1942. Tragically, 168 did not return.

The ageing destroyer, HMS Campbeltown had been packed with explosives and disguised as a German frigate. Accompanied by 16 launches and two destroyers, she made her way to St Nazaire, a stronghold of the Germans, where she was steered into the dock gate and scuttled.

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