During WW2, Allied forces sunk 3 ships carrying concentration camp survivors by accident, killing almost 10,000 survivors.
In some of the final hostilities of the Second World War, almost 10,000 survivors of German concentration camps were killed by the Royal Air Force, whose pilots believed they were attacking senior Nazi officers.
A Typhoon squadron that attacked four ships in the Bay of LÃ¼beck - strafing survivors struggling in the water - had been told the ships contained escaping SS troops. After several incidents in which captured, Typhoon pilots had been executed by the Nazi Ã©lite corps, the pilots were in no mood to show them any mercy.
But in one of the cruelest episodes of the war, the ships contained up to 10,000 survivors, predominantly Jewish, of the concentration camps, and it was their bodies that would wash ashore on Germany's north-eastern coastline. The country's surrender was only four days away.