US Ship during Exercise Tiger, 1944
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Remembering Devon's D-Day disaster Exercise Tiger

A service has been held to remember hundreds of US servicemen who died off the coast of Devon during a World War II training exercise.

The event marks the anniversary of Exercise Tiger at Slapton Sands on 28 April 1944.

A total of 749 servicemen died when convoys training for the D-Day landings were attacked by German torpedo boats.

Reg Hannaford, from Torcross, was 13 at the time and said locals first realised something had gone wrong when they were warned about bodies washing up on the shore.

  • 29 Apr 2013
  • From the section Devon