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Which ship was sunk in World War II on 17 June 1940 in the course of evacuating British nationals and troops?

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Which ship was sunk in World War II on 17 June 1940 in the course of evacuating British nationals and troops, with the loss of an estimated more than 4,000 men, women and children?

posted Jan 31 by Varun Kumar

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Lancastria
The disaster was not the worst loss of life from sinking of a ship during the War, but the sinking of the RMS Lancastria was the worst single loss of life in British maritime history and the bloodiest single engagement for UK forces in World War II; she was an ocean liner requisitioned for war use, and was sunk by German bombers when taking part in Operation Ariel, to evacuate nationals and troops from St Nazaire in France. More died in the sinking of the Lancastria than died from the sinkings of the Titanic and the Lusitania added together. The Goya was a German Navy transport ship torpedoed and sunk by a Soviet submarine on 16 April 1945, with the loss of an estimated 6,000-7,000 civilians and German troops. The Armenia was a Soviet Union hospital ship sunk on 7 November 1941 by German aircraft while she was evacuating refugees, wounded military personnel and staff from Crimea's hospitals, with an estimated 7,000 killed, The Lusitania, another British ocean liner, was sunk on 7 May 1915 during World War I on her first transatlantic voyage to the USA, withe loss of 1,198 lives.

answer Feb 1 by Rajni
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