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“In Honour of British War Dead who fell 24th December 1943” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Commonwealth War Grave Commission Tomb for MV Dumana RAF Seaplane Tender

Commonwealth War Grave Commission Tomb for MV Dumana RAF Seaplane Tender
Ancienne Cimitiere Municipale de Sassandra, Sassandra 06BP6103, Cote d'Ivoire
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“In Honour of British War Dead who fell 24th December 1943”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

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

Visited November 2013
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