Laconia sinking survivor to give talk

Jo Prachett at home in Aldwincle in 2011
Jo Prachett at home in Aldwincle in 2011

A survivor of the infamous sinking of the SS Laconia during the Second World War is to give a talk about the incident to members of Irthlingborough Historical Society.

On September 12, 1942, the SS Laconia carrying 2,732 passengers and crew was torpedoed and sunk by a German U Boat.

On discovering that it was not a troopship, the U Boat captain attempted a rescue, aided by other U Boats.

But they were themselves attacked by American bombers and had to leave the lifeboats.

This incident led Admiral Donitz to order ‘unrestricted warfare and no more rescues of passengers’.

The speaker, Jo Pratchett, who now lives in Aldwincle, was one of the survivors rescued by the German U Boat and her talk is an amazing account of the human stories surrounding the incident.

Jo was involved in the making of a TV mini-series in 2010 entitled The Sinking of the Laconia.

The talk takes place from 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at the Methodist Church Rooms, Victoria Street, Irthlingborough.

Entry on the door is £2 which includes light refreshments.