Sad tale I was told some years ago by a then recently retired Methodist minister. The minesweeper he was serving on as a very young man was plying its trade off the Normandy beaches when it was sunk by so called "friendly fire". So apparently were some other similar craft, the RAF having been informed that the only ships in that sea area would be German. He had no resentment of the pilots involved but had huge resentment of the powers that be who "airbrushed" the whole episode completely out of history. There were very few survivors and none of them received any recognition for their involvement in D Day or any campaign medals. The families of the men who died were only told that their loved ones had died at sea with no details.
On leaving the Navy and taking holy orders he made it his life work to try and get some recognition for his shipmates, apparently all he ever got was an unofficial acknowledgement that the incident happened.
Edited by RCH, 10 June 2014 - 23:35.