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A MARITIME charity is appealing to the public for information about an incident during the one of the most important battles of the Second World War.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, based in Chichester, is seeking information about the Battle of the Atlantic.

Specifically, it is seeking information on the rescue of 24 survivors from a torpedoed American steamer in February 1943 for which Captain Arthur Wellington Greenham RM and Chief Officer Robert Edward Dalgliesh were subsequently awarded the society’s Emile Robin Award for their acts of heroism.

There is currently a hole in the charity’s historical archives.

Chief executive Commodore Malcolm Williams said in the year of the battle’s 70th anniversary the society would like to learn the names of the vessels involved.

He said: ‘The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military campaign of the Second World War which resulted in one of the highest levels of human sacrifice during the entire conflict.

‘From 1939 to 1945 between 30,000 and 40,000 Merchant Navy personnel were lost and over 5,000 ships and their cargoes sunk.’

To help, call the society on (01243) 789329.