On Saturday 22nd February 1941 in an air raid that killed 3 civilians a parachute mine was dropped. An AA gun crew fired and punctured the parachute so it fell in the water rather than on the town. A team from HMS Vernon located the mine in 15 feet of water using their new depth finding detection gear on their "Mouse". A team of divers was called in from HMS Vernon & positively identified it as a mine with parachute attached. A minesweeper with Kango hammers made several runs at varying distances. It was now assumed the mine was magnetic as acoustic means had failed. On Thursday 6th March Sutherland dived on the mine and after half an hour reported that the clock and detonator were lying on the underside in thick mud making it impossible to work on as it lay. He had therefore made a line fast to the parachute ring & suggested the mine could be turned over by towing it. The mouse & a more powerful launch took the strain on a long line. After 10 minutes they concluded nothing had moved. Sutherland dived again. the depth was now 18 feet on a rising tide. Sutherland reported he was "ok on the bottom". At 1735 the mine exploded sending a column of water 200 feet into the air. The diving barge was blown to pieces. The Mouse & a nearby lighter belonging to Falmouth Docks Co "Queen Wasp" were sunk & two other vessels damaged. The body of Temp Sub Lt Reginald Bruce SUTHERLAND RNVR, HMS Vernon, aged 27 was never found. He was Mentioned in Dispatches. He is commemorated on Panel 60 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. On the diving barge: Able Seamen Robert George TAWN, DSM, HMS Vernon, age 24 - his body was recovered the same day. He was buried in the World War One plot in Falmouth Cemetery on 31st March 1941. Leading Seamen Ivan Vincent WHARTON, OBE, HMS Vernon, age 31 - his body was recovered on the 14th April. He was buried in the World War Two plot in Falmouth Cemetery on 17th April 1941. AB Deck Hand "BHC 9" William ROTH, age 44 - his body was recovered the same day. He was buried in the World War Two plot in Falmouth Cemetery on 11th March 1941. Deck Hand "MV Novio Magnum" Jan SCHOT, age 39 (a Dutch national) - his body was recovered the same day. He was buried in the World War Two plot in Falmouth Cemetery on 11th March 1941. "BHC 9" Herbert Harry SELF, age 35 - his body was recovered a day later. He was buried in the World War Two plot in Falmouth Cemetery on 10th March 1941. On The Mouse: Mate "MV Novio Magnum" Alfred George MARJORAM, age 37 - died in Falmouth Naval Hospital of his injuries on 14th March 1941. He was buried in the World War Two plot in Falmouth Cemetery on 18th March 1941. The three others on the "Mouse" survived: Stephen R.S. BUTLER, the base diver at Falmouth, had severe back injury. Lt J.F. NICHOLSON, HMS Vernon, had fractures and shock. PO BENHAM, HMS Vernon, had fractures and shock. The National Maritime Museum now stands very close to the spot where these men died that we might live. Sadly there is no memorial and the thousands who visit the water's edge are unaware of their sacrifice. However the story emerges every now and again and the people of Falmouth do not forget.