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Plaque to be unveiled at site of WWII Dunkirk tragedy

Several events have been taking place to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk rescue mission 'Operation Dynamo'. Credit: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire/PA Images

A memorial plaque will be unveiled on Sunday at the site of the MV Crested Eagle, a paddle steamer which was attacked and sunk as thousands of soldiers were rescued from the French coastline during the Second World War.

The ship was targeted by the Germans at Zuydcoote, a few miles north of Dunkirk, during Operation Dynamo, the rescue mission to save British, French and Belgian troops from the German advance across Europe in 1940.

The merchant vessel sank and all 300 soldiers on board were killed.

Later today a commemoration for the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships (ADLS) will be held on the quayside in Dunkirk, next to the famous little ships that were used to rescue men from the beaches.

Veterans have been attending a series of events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuations including a service yesterday at the Allied Beach Memorial.

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Veterans return to France to mark Dunkirk rescue mission

Between 26 May and 4 June 1940, the Little Ships rescued almost 338,000 men from the clutches of the Nazis on the beaches at Dunkirk.

Today, two of those men once again clambered on board a little ship and went back to France to commemorate that miracle journey across the channel 75 years ago.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers went with them:

Dunkirk veterans complete 'Little Ships' crossing

Dunkirk veterans Michael Bentall, 94, (left) and Garth Wright (95) on board the Little Ship the Princess Freda Credit: PA

A fleet of "little ships" has arrived in Dunkirk after crossing the Channel in honour of those who carried out one of the most famous missions of the Second World War 75 years ago.

Aboard the Princess Freda, a Thames passenger vessel that took part in the Dunkirk evacuations, were veterans Garth Wright, 95, from Plymouth, and Michael Bentall, 94, who came over from Canada for the anniversary.

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