March

Stories from each March of the years 1939-1945 that help piece together the history of World War Two for the people based in Northern Ireland at the time.

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1st March

The merchant tanker SS Cadillac went down after a torpedo attack on 1st March 1941 with the loss of life of several crew members from Northern Ireland.

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2nd March

On 2nd March 1941, a Luftwaffe Heinkel HE111 sank SS Castlehill in the Bristol Channel, killing 8 Merchant and Royal Navy men with connections to Ulster.

3rd March

On 3rd March 1942, Lieutenant Colonel John Pelham Acworth of the British Indian Army died after the sinking of SS Roseboom leaving a wife in Co. Down.

4th March

Remembering the men and women of Ulster, those with connections to Northern Ireland, and those who died here on 4th March throughout the wartime years.

5th March

Remembering those who died on 5th March including two members of 3rd Battalion Irish Guards from Ulster who died towards the end of the war in Europe.

6th March

On 6th March 1945, Avro Anson LV153 crashed in the Sperrin Mountains, Co. Tyrone. At WartimeNI, we remember those who died on this date throughout the war.

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7th March

On 7th March 1942, Corporal Earl Ervin Perkins was the first US Army casualty of World War Two in Europe when he died at a military camp in Co. Antrim.

8th March

On 8th March 1943, U-527 sank the merchant vessel SS Fort Lamy. Of the 46 crew members to die in the incident, 14 had some connection to Northern Ireland.

9th March

Remembering wartime events and paying tribute to the fallen from Northern Ireland including a pair of Co. Antrim men who died in Tunisia on 9th March 1943.

10th March

We pay tribute to all those with connections to Northern Ireland who died on 10th March throughout the years of the Second World War between 1939 and 1945.

11th March

Remembering the men and women with connections to wartime Northern Ireland who died on 11th March during the years of the Second World War 1939 - 1945.

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12th March

On 12th March 1941, SS Empire Frost went down in British waters. At least 3 crew members with roots in Ulster died as a result of the Luftwaffe attack.

13th March

Remembering those from Northern Ireland and those who served here who died on 13th March throughout the years of the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.

14th March

On 14th March 1941, the Nazi Luftwaffe bombed Glasgow and Clydebank in Scotland. Among the victims were members of the Buick family of Armoy, Co. Antrim.

15th March

In the early hours of 15th March 1941, the Luftwaffe bombed Clydebank one last time killing several descendants of the McKee family of Dromore, Co. Down.

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16th March

On 16th March 1942, American Liberator AL577 came down in Co. Louth. With 15 dead, it was the largest loss of life in a wartime aviation accident in Éire.

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17th March

17th March is St. Patrick's Day and during World War Two, many Irish units continued to try to observe their Patron Saint's day throughout the conflict.

18th March

On 18th March, we remember those with connections to Northern Ireland who died during the Second World War on this day between the years of 1939 - 1945.

19th March

Remembering those with connections to Northern ireland who served in World War Two and died on 19th March including a member of the Palestine Police Force.

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20th March

On 20th March 1945, HMS Lapwing came under attack while on an Arctic Convoy. On board were 5 seamen from Northern Ireland, only one of whom survived.

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21st March

On 21st March 1941, a Luftwaffe plane attacked the coal carrying SS Millisle in the Bristol Channel killing a total of 8 crew members from Northern Ireland.

22nd March

Remembering all those from Allied and Axis forces with connections to Northern Ireland who died on 22nd March during the years of the Second World War.

23rd March

Remembering those who served on land, sea, and air with connections to Northern Ireland who died on 23rd March during World War Two between 1939 and 1945.

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24th March

On 24th March 1945, 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles took part in Operation Varsity, a successful airborne assault to land Allied troops in Germany.

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25th March

On 25th March 1941, Lieutenant JR Bainbridge captured a series of photos showing good relations between Ulster locals and the 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry.

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26th March

On 26th March 1942, a Belfast Telegraph photographer observed the No. 26 Trolleybus on its usual route past Stormont Parliament Buildings in East Belfast.

27th March

Remembering those with connections to Northern Ireland including an airman from Western Australia who died on 27th March during the Second World War.

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28th March

On 28th March 1944, Martin B-26 Marauder 41-17990, known as the "Chickasaw Chief II" crashed during take-off at Toome Airfield, Toomebridge, Co. Antrim.

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29th March

Remembering service personnel from across the globe with connections to Northern Ireland who died on 29th March during the years of the Second World War.

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30th March

Remembering all those with connections to Ulster or Northern Ireland who died on 30th March between 1939 and 1945 during the years of the Second World War.

31st March

On 31st March 1945, Belfast Lough was the scene of a tragic event. A total of 5 seamen serving on HMS Sarawak drowned when their small boat overturned.