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The shipwreck of the 'SS Léopoldville'
On Christmas Eve 1944, the 'SS Léopoldville', a Belgian liner converted into a troop transport, left Southampton, England, with more than 2,000 American soldiers assigned to the 66th Infantry Division. Only 5,6 miles (9 km) from Cherbourg, its destination, the 'Leopoldville' was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-486. In the shipwreck, 763 soldiers were killed and the bodies of 489 others were never found in the icy waters of the English Channel. Their names are honoured on the Wall of the Missing in the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.
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