Europe Revisited

 

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During April 2008, Northern Sky Entertainment Ltd. TV Producer, Wayne Abbott, traveled to England and France to film footage for a TV documentary about the Leopoldville troopship disaster. With him was Leopoldville disaster author/historian  Allan Andrade who was the American historical consultant for the project.  Also making  the trip were a Leopoldville survivor and two relatives of Leopoldville victims.   The documentary that was produced, Deep Wreck Mysteries…Sunk on Christmas Eve,  originally aired on the National Geographic Channel during February/2009 and is re-aired periodically.  All of the photos on this page are courtesy of Wayne Abbott and there use is greatly appreciated and acknowledged.

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Camp Piddlehinton Army Barracks, near Dorchester, England where the 66th Division was stationed.  (Left to Right) Allan Andrade, Leopoldville survivor George Bigelow, British Sailor who participated in the rescue effort, Barbara Shaw and Tom Cordle, relatives of Leopoldville victims.

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Leopoldville survivor George Bigelow at Camp Piddlehinton barrack in his own private memories of that time.

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Standing on the Southampton pier where the Leopoldville sailed from. (Left to Right) Allan Andrade, George Bigelow, Tom Cordle, Barbara Shaw.

 

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Leopoldville survivor George Bigelow at the pier remembering the morning the 66th division left and crossed the Channel to France.

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Cherbourg, France, destination of the Leopoldville that night.

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Leopoldville Survivor George Bigelow revisits the Cherbourg hospital where he was taken after his rescue.

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Research vessel, Triad, as it prepared to head for the exact location where the Leopoldville sank.

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Aboard the Triad (Left to Right) Barbara Shaw, George Bigelow, Allan Andrade, Tom Cordle

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Leopoldville survivor George Bigelow sitting in the wheel house of the Triad

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Leopoldville survivor George Bigelow looks out over the water where the Leopoldville sank

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Barbara Shaw watches as divers prepare to dive the wreck and film footage for the TV documentary

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Barbara Shaw at the site of the sinking with her private thoughts about her grandfather who died in the disaster.

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Diver talks to Leopoldville survivor George Bigelow

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Divers prepare to enter the water where the Leopoldville sank

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Leopoldville Disaster Author/Historian Allan Andrade at the Wall of the Missing, Normandy American Cemetery near Cherbourg, France

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Allan Andrade places a floral wreath at the base of the wall in memory of Pfc. Marvin J. Barton from Poughkeepsie, New York whose body was never found.

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Tom Cordle places one yellow rose at the base of the wall in memory of his uncle, Pfc. Ferrel  F.  McDonnell from Whitehall, Michigan whose body was never found.

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There are 76 bodies of Leopoldville victims buried at Normandy American Cemetery

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Normandy American Cemetery

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Barbara Shaw searches the rows of graves looking for the grave of her grandfather, Pfc. Joseph E.  Thibodeau from Massachusetts.

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Barbara Shaw locates her grandfather’s grave.

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Barbara Shaw at the grave of her grandfather, Pfc. Joseph  E.  Thibodeau.

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Grave of Pfc. Earl B. Fox from Hornsbyville, Virginia

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Grave of  Pvt. Henry Freund Brooklyn, NYC.