Norman Colley
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'Cockleshell hero' reflects on WWII mission

Norman Colley talks about the "Cockleshell" raid of 1942 which was launched from a British submarine off the Gironde Estuary, France, to destroy enemy shipping in the Bordeaux harbour.

Ten commandos canoed behind enemy lines in 1942 to blow up ships in occupied France but only two men survived.

Due to an injury Norman Colley couldn't go on the mission but was on HMS Tuna when the canoeists left.

The first proper memorial to the commandos is being unveiled in France.

  • 31 Mar 2011
  • From the section UK
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