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The Bari Raid – 2nd December 1943

a painting of ships on fire in the harbour at bari in italy after an air raid in december 1943

The Morning After The Big Raid At Bari. A painting by the war artist Bernard Hailstone which is part of the IWM collection © IWM

The 2nd December sees the anniversary of an air raid on the Port of Bari, Italy, in which a convoy of some 19 ships which had entered an already congested harbour became an easy target for the German Air Force. Sixteen ships and 38000 tons of cargo were destroyed with an estimated 1000 casualties, many of whom were the victims of mustard gas poisoning, released from one of the ships sunk during the raid.

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London Branch

October Newsletter

The October newsletter is the last to be edited by Branch Secretary Eddie Dibley who is to retire from his positions of Secretary and Editor. Eddie’s final edition brings welcome news of new committee appointments that will see the branch and its newsletter continue on into the foreseeable future. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Eddie for the sterling work conducted over many years for the London Branch, and to wish him a very happy second retirement!

London Branch October 2014

Retiring Branch Secretary Eddie Dibley (right) at the recent annual social held on the Belfast

Research

Articles

The articles section contains accounts written by veterans detailing aspects of their service in Coastal Forces during the Second World War.Read our articles

Coastal Forces Craft

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Veterans Area

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Gallery

The photo gallery forms a visual record of the history of Coastal Forces and contains many records of the working environment of boats and their crews.View the photo gallery

Map Room

The Maps Room employs Google map technologies to chart the location of all former Coastal Forces bases world-wide with a note on the history of each.Visit the Map Room

War Reports

In the War Reports section you can read official war reports written during the Second World War that offer revealing insights into the role of Coastal Forces.Read the War Reports