A little known piece of history, even in Cote d'Ivoire, and Sassandra, where, on the 24th December 1943, a Royal Air Force ship, the MV Dumana, a Seaplane (Flying Boat) Tender ship, supporting two squadrons (16 seaplanes) of Short Sunderland Flying Boats, operating out of Banjuls (then Bathurst) Gambia, patrolling the Gulf of Guinnea in an anti-submrine role, protecting our convoys in the Atlantic, which were bring supplies from Nigeria (beer) and Cameroon (palm Oil) etc.
Dumana was spotted by U 515 and at 20h30 was hit by two torpedoes and sunk in under 7 minutes. Of the complement of 169, miraculously 130 survived. Six of the dead were washed ashore at Sassandra and are buried in the Municipal Cemetery.
A Monument was erected on the beach in 1944
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