2017-12-07 / Personalities

Tells of worst WWII loss at sea



Joey Fievet told his fellow Rotary Club members about the HMT Rohna, a British India Steam Navigation Company passenger and cargo liner that was built as SS Rohna and requisitioned as a troop ship in 1940. Fievet’s uncle, John Fievet, was aboard when the Rohna was sunk in the Mediterranean in November 1943 by a Henschel Hs 293 guided glide bomb launched by a Luftwaffe aircraft. More than 1,100 people were killed, most of whom were US troops. It was the largest loss at sea during World War II. John Fievet survived and was rescued and later met his nephew for the first time. Club President Terry Boswell welcomed Fievet to the meeting. Joey Fievet told his fellow Rotary Club members about the HMT Rohna, a British India Steam Navigation Company passenger and cargo liner that was built as SS Rohna and requisitioned as a troop ship in 1940. Fievet’s uncle, John Fievet, was aboard when the Rohna was sunk in the Mediterranean in November 1943 by a Henschel Hs 293 guided glide bomb launched by a Luftwaffe aircraft. More than 1,100 people were killed, most of whom were US troops. It was the largest loss at sea during World War II. John Fievet survived and was rescued and later met his nephew for the first time. Club President Terry Boswell welcomed Fievet to the meeting.

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