Lifeboat crew members from Tower and Dover tell us about their family connections to wartime rescues.
Dunkirk: Relied upon then, relied upon now
In May 1940, a fleet of hundreds of pleasure boats, fishing boats and other civilian vessels gathered, at the Admiralty’s request, to take part in the evacuation of British troops from the French port of Dunkirk. Nineteen RNLI lifeboats were part of this unusual and daring force, known as the Little Ships. This summer, as Dunkirk hits the big screen, we’re sharing our stories of lifesaving courage, as shown by our volunteers then and now.