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LA PLAINE-SUR-MER COMMUNAL CEMETERY

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Country:
France
Locality:
Loire-Atlantique
Identified Casualties:
21
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
-2.18727
Latitude:
47.13685

Location Information

La Plaine-sur-Mer is a village some 50 kilometres west of Nantes and 8 kilometres north-west of the Port of Pornic. The Communal Cemetery is on the north-eastern side of the village, on the main road from Pornic.

Visiting Information

Wheelchair access possible via main entrance.

For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our enquiries dept. on 01628 634221.

Historical Information

Most of the casualties buried here lost their lives when a troopship, the S.S. Lancastria, with about 5,000 men aboard was bombed and sunk by the enemy off St. Nazaire on 17th June, 1940. Originally two American airmen were also buried in this cemetery, but their remains were exhumed by the U.S. Army authorities in 1949 for re-burial in an American cemetery.

There are now nearly 30, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and one soldier, whose grave could not be precisely located, is commemorated by a special memorial which bears the superscription "Buried near this spot".