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Special Operations Executive




    3rd September 1940 Operations

    1st Nov 1941 Aircraft Lost


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    Those known to have served with

    Special Operations Executive

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Bradley William. Sgt. (d.31st August 1944)
    • Brown William Wallace. F/O (d.31st August 1944)
    • Bégué Georges.
    • Careless Alfred. Capt. (d.20th Oct 1943)
    • Cloutier Joseph Darie Louis. F/O (d.15th September 1943)
    • Dove A. S.. Sgt.
    • Fuke Harry. Cpl.
    • Gay Leonard Charles. Sgt. (d.15th September 1943)
    • Green Frederick George. Flt.Sgt. (d.27th Sep 1942)
    • Hart Edward Chichester. F/O. (d.15th Sep 1943)
    • MacDuff Robert Denver. F/O (d.31st August 1944)
    • Mudge William Henry. Sgt. (d.15th September 1943)
    • Nearne Nancy.
    • Norie Kenneth Ross. Sgt. (d.15th September 1943)
    • Parramore Eric George. Capt.
    • Pearson Frederick. F/Sgt. (d.31st August 1944)
    • Sayles Francis. F/O (d.31st August 1944)
    • Smith John Bonsall. F/Sgt. (d.31st August 1944)
    • Smith Sidney John. Sgt. (d.15th September 1943)
    • Taylor Charles Richard.
    • Tuyl Daphne Joan.
    • Vieuxbled Jacques Robert. Cmdr.
    • Wake Nancy.
    • Windsor Kenneth Charles. Sgt. (d.15th September 1943)

    The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add or any recollections or photos of those listed, please Add a Name to this List

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    Daphne Joan Tuyl British Underground

    My Mother, Daphne Joan Tuyl, organised the first British underground in Algiers and used to visit the prisoners at Laghouat to obtain information which she passed on to the secret service. She was ideally suited as her father was chaplain to the Fleet before the war and his widow, my grandmother, lived in Algiers. My mother's husband at this time was a Dutch national who before the war farmed a small oasis with my mother called Cora near Biskra in the desert. When war started, although a pacifist, he went back to fight for his country. My mother moved into her mother's apartment with my two brothers where she was approached by the British Consul to collect information. I also have a set of colour prints of drawings done by one of the inmates. She was awarded the King George the Fifth Medal for Courage and the Médaille de la France libérée.

    Alexandra Curley



    Charles Richard Taylor Special Operations Executive

    My father was posted to a unit in 1942 at Beaulieu. On his records are just the units intials STS. I'm trying to find out what this means and what this unit did, and his part in it. On his records there is just a box with a big C for the years 42 to 45. I was hoping someone might have a clue what this unit was.

    Editor's Note: The highly secretive Special Operations Executive was based at Beaulieu STS. The country estate was used for training spies before they were deployed behind enemy lines. Their work was top secret hence the C (classified) on your father's records.

    Keith Taylor



    Cmdr. Jacques Robert "James Stephens" Vieuxbled HMS Fidelity

    My Father served on board HMS Fidelity in around 1941 based in and around Barry Docks in South Wales but was not on the ship when it was sunk.

    He had to change his name on board as most of the French had to. The name he took was James Stephens which was the name on his Marriage Certificate to my Mother Lyne or Lena. We don`t know his real name but most people called him Jacques. They divorced sometime later still not knowing his real name. Some years back I traced a friend, Rene, who served with him but he did not know his French name either.

    My father was a sick berth Petty Officer. I have tried the Naval authorities Merchant Navy & French Navy to no avail they all said without his real name it's virtually impossible. Someone told me about this site and here I am writing this in the hope someone may just know something. I do have some of his wedding photographs but that's about it. I recently tried the Museum in Caens but as of yet nothing. So will keep my fingers crossed.

    Update:

    I sent details to this website relating to my father about 10 years ago asking if anyone recognized him from the wedding photo as I did not know his real name at that time, nothing happened so after 50 years of looking for him I gave up!

    Last year, 2012, unbeknown to me a brother was researching his father who was aboard HMS Fidelity came upon my email from ten years ago and suddenly thought who is this man looking for my father, he took the name from my email and googled it and lo and behold he found me in Sydney Australia and I now have a brother 2 sisters and a family of 80 all over France and of course found all the details of my father who after he disembarked Fidelty went into s.o.e then into underwater chariots then into commanding midget submarines till the end of the war, he then went back to France and married again and became harbour master in Madagascar where he was unfortunately killed saving a comrade in a shipping collision in 1959 he was awarded the congressional medal of honour for bravery.

    His name was changed as were all aboard Fidelity to James Stephens and at the end of the war he reverted back to his real name which was Jacques Robert Vieuxbled. His son ( my new brother) joined the French navy as a 16year old and has just retired after 45 years rising to commander of destroyers and attack vessels also being awarded the congressional medal of honour for bravery in the gulf war.

    So I would like to say a massive thank you to The Wartime Memories Project as without your site this would not have happened. Once again my congratulation for everything that you do.

    Jaques Renay



    Nancy Wake

    S. Flynn



    Nancy Nearne

    S. Flynn



    Capt. Eric George Parramore Special Operations Executive

    My grandfather, Eric George Parramore, (born: 24 June 1918) passed away a year before I was born on 24 June 1981. My grandfather flew as a captain on the AVRO Lancaster bomber and he was an operative with the SOE from 1939 until 1946.

    After the war my grandfather moved to the Netherlands and he worked as an adviser for the Royal Netherlands Airforce, Hawker Hunter and Plessey/ Fokker. My grandfather spoke very little about the war to my father or his siblings and, therefore, almost nothing is known about my grandfather during his time in World War 2. I cannot find much about him on the internet, except for some records which have been opened last year in the National Archives in Kew: Collection: Records of Special Operations Executive, Date range: 01 January 1939 - 31 December 1946, Reference: HS 9/1148/9 Subjects: Intelligence

    The reason I posted the information above, is that there might be still some people who knew my grandfather, or perhaps even have been a crew member during his RAF period. As I am still searching for some more information, I would also be very happy if someone could point me in a direction (such as archives) where I might find out some more. It would mean a lot to me. Thank you very much in advance.

    James Parramore



    Capt. Alfred Careless Special Operations Executive (d.20th Oct 1943)

    Alfred Careless was born in Jarrow in 1913. He was the son of Thomas and Jane Careless (nee Lesner) of Jarrow, and husband of Nora Patricia Careless (nee Hunter) of Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield.

    Alfred is buried in Tirana Park Memorial Cemetery, Albania.

    Vin Mullen



    Cpl. Harry Fuke 7th Battalion Leicstershire Regiment

    My Dad, Harry Fuke served with the 7th. Battalion Leicestershire Regiment during WW2. I have recently received his army records from MOD Glasgow. There is very little detail of his service from arriving in India.

    He disembarked in India (Bombay) 24th Oct 1942 from the Capetown Castle troop ship. Posted to (Special Forces Reg.) crossed out and HQ 14th. Infantry Brigade added. His fitness was downgraded to B1/T from A1 on 5th Nov 1943 - I don’t know if this would preclude him from frontline duty?

    Now the strange bit in just one line as written on his record: "Proe. On posting to Force 136 S.O.S. to X (i)." (Record shows he was promoted to Corporal). I have since found out that Force 136 was part of SOE. So I’m now very confused as to where to go from here. My father use to tell me stories of driving trucks behind enemy lines and burying the contents at given map co-ordinates. But he did not pass a truck test until 1945.

    I moved to Australia in 1968 and we never met or spoke again I only have a few memories of things my father spoke of and unfortunately after he died my mother threw all his “war year’s” photo’s and papers away.

    Geoff Fuke



    Flt.Sgt. Frederick George Green 138 Squadron (d.27th Sep 1942)

    Fred Green joined the R.A.F in August 1938. After training as a Wireless Operator he joined 38 Squadron at RAF Marham, he completed two operational tours before being posted to No 11 O.T.U at RAF Bassingbourne. On the 21st April 1942 he started his third tour with No 138 (Special Duty) Squadron based at RAF Tempsford.

    On the 27th September 1942 while carrying out an S.O.E mission (code named Incomparable 1) to Belgium his aircraft which had been damaged by FLAK, crashed in a field in Northern France, sadly Fred and two other crew members, David Harrison Freeland the pilot, and Edmond George Hayhoe C/O pilot were killed in the crash.

    Peter Green



    F/O Francis Sayles DFM 298 Sqdn. (d.31st August 1944)

    Francis Sayles DFM was killed in August 1944 flying a special operation out of Tarrant Rushton. His Halifax V bomber LL343 T-L left Tarrant Rushton at 23.59 hours heading for Belgium on SOE mission "Osric". It is believed that the aircraft was shot down over the English Channel. All the crew were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were: F/O F. Sayles, DFM, Airbomber F/O W.W. Brown, Pilot Sgt W. Bradley, Flt. Engineer F/O R.D. MacDuff, Navigator F/Sgt F. Pearson, Wop/Airgunner F/Sgt J.B. Smith Wop/Airgunner

    Dave Jones



    F/O William Wallace Brown 298 Sqdn. (d.31st August 1944)

    F/O William Brown was killed in August 1944 flying a special operation out of Tarrant Rushton. His Halifax V bomber LL343 T-L left Tarrant Rushton at 23.59 hours heading for Belgium on SOE mission "Osric". It is believed that the aircraft was shot down over the English Channel. All the crew were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were: F/O F. Sayles, DFM, Airbomber F/O W.W. Brown, Pilot Sgt W. Bradley, Flt. Engineer F/O R.D. MacDuff, Navigator F/Sgt F. Pearson, Wop/Airgunner F/Sgt J.B. Smith Wop/Airgunner




    Sgt. William Bradley 298 Sqdn. (d.31st August 1944)

    Sgt. William Bradley was killed in August 1944 flying a special operation out of Tarrant Rushton. His Halifax V bomber LL343 T-L left Tarrant Rushton at 23.59 hours heading for Belgium on SOE mission "Osric". It is believed that the aircraft was shot down over the English Channel. All the crew were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were: F/O F. Sayles, DFM, Airbomber F/O W.W. Brown, Pilot Sgt W. Bradley, Flt. Engineer F/O R.D. MacDuff, Navigator F/Sgt F. Pearson, Wop/Airgunner F/Sgt J.B. Smith Wop/Airgunner




    F/O Robert Denver MacDuff 298 Sqdn. (d.31st August 1944)

    F/O Robert MacDuff was killed in August 1944 flying a special operation out of Tarrant Rushton. His Halifax V bomber LL343 T-L left Tarrant Rushton at 23.59 hours heading for Belgium on SOE mission "Osric". It is believed that the aircraft was shot down over the English Channel. All the crew were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were: F/O F. Sayles, DFM, Airbomber F/O W.W. Brown, Pilot Sgt W. Bradley, Flt. Engineer F/O R.D. MacDuff, Navigator F/Sgt F. Pearson, Wop/Airgunner F/Sgt J.B. Smith Wop/Airgunner




    F/Sgt. Frederick Pearson 298 Sqdn. (d.31st August 1944)

    F/Sgt Frederick Pearson was killed in August 1944 flying a special operation out of Tarrant Rushton. His Halifax V bomber LL343 T-L left Tarrant Rushton at 23.59 hours heading for Belgium on SOE mission "Osric". It is believed that the aircraft was shot down over the English Channel. All the crew were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were: F/O F. Sayles, DFM, Airbomber F/O W.W. Brown, Pilot Sgt W. Bradley, Flt. Engineer F/O R.D. MacDuff, Navigator F/Sgt F. Pearson, Wop/Airgunner F/Sgt J.B. Smith Wop/Airgunner




    F/Sgt. John Bonsall Smith 298 Sqdn. (d.31st August 1944)

    F/Sgt John Bonsall Smith was killed in August 1944 flying a special operation out of Tarrant Rushton. His Halifax V bomber LL343 T-L left Tarrant Rushton at 23.59 hours heading for Belgium on SOE mission "Osric". It is believed that the aircraft was shot down over the English Channel. All the crew were killed and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The full crew were: F/O F. Sayles, DFM, Airbomber F/O W.W. Brown, Pilot Sgt W. Bradley, Flt. Engineer F/O R.D. MacDuff, Navigator F/Sgt F. Pearson, Wop/Airgunner F/Sgt J.B. Smith Wop/Airgunner




    F/O. Edward Chichester Hart 138 Squadron (d.15th Sep 1943)

    I'm looking for any information about Halifax JN910 NF-K, 138 Squadron, which crashed in the Baltic Sea near Rugenwalde, during operation Flat 12, Poland, 14th/15th September 1943. Only Sgt A.S.Dove survived. I need to know where the plane crashed: open sea, near the shore? Halifax JN910 NF-K was returning from an SOE mission and was hit by flak. The seven crew members who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    The members of the crew were:

    • F/O E.C. Hart
    • Sgt A.S. Dove
    • Sgt K.C. Windsor
    • F/O J.D.L. Cloutier
    • Sgt K.R. Norie
    • Sgt L.C. Gay
    • Sgt S.J. Smith
    • Sgt W.H. Mudge

    Michael



    Sgt. A. S. Dove 138 Sqdn.

    Halifax JN910 NF-K, 138 Squadron, crashed in the Baltic Sea near Rugenwalde, during operation Flat 12, Poland, 14th/15th September 1943. Only the pilot Sgt A.S.Dove survived. The aircraft was returning from an SOE mission and was hit by flak. The seven crew members who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    The members of the crew were:

  • F/O E.C. Hart
  • Sgt A.S. Dove
  • Sgt K.C. Windsor
  • F/O J.D.L. Cloutier
  • Sgt K.R. Norie
  • Sgt L.C. Gay
  • Sgt S.J. Smith
  • Sgt W.H. Mudge




  • Sgt. Kenneth Charles Windsor 138 Sqdn. (d.15th September 1943)

    Halifax JN910 NF-K, 138 Squadron, crashed in the Baltic Sea near Rugenwalde, during operation Flat 12, Poland, 14th/15th September 1943. Only the pilot Sgt A.S.Dove survived. The aircraft was returning from an SOE mission and was hit by flak. The seven crew members who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    The members of the crew were:

  • F/O E.C. Hart
  • Sgt A.S. Dove
  • Sgt K.C. Windsor
  • F/O J.D.L. Cloutier
  • Sgt K.R. Norie
  • Sgt L.C. Gay
  • Sgt S.J. Smith
  • Sgt W.H. Mudge




  • F/O Joseph Darie Louis Cloutier 138 Sqdn. (d.15th September 1943)

    Halifax JN910 NF-K, 138 Squadron, crashed in the Baltic Sea near Rugenwalde, during operation Flat 12, Poland, 14th/15th September 1943. Only the pilot Sgt A.S.Dove survived. The aircraft was returning from an SOE mission and was hit by flak. The seven crew members who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    The members of the crew were:

  • F/O E.C. Hart
  • Sgt A.S. Dove
  • Sgt K.C. Windsor
  • F/O J.D.L. Cloutier
  • Sgt K.R. Norie
  • Sgt L.C. Gay
  • Sgt S.J. Smith
  • Sgt W.H. Mudge




  • Sgt. Kenneth Ross Norie 138 Sqdn. (d.15th September 1943)

    Halifax JN910 NF-K, 138 Squadron, crashed in the Baltic Sea near Rugenwalde, during operation Flat 12, Poland, 14th/15th September 1943. Only the pilot Sgt A.S.Dove survived. The aircraft was returning from an SOE mission and was hit by flak. The seven crew members who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    The members of the crew were:

  • F/O E.C. Hart
  • Sgt A.S. Dove
  • Sgt K.C. Windsor
  • F/O J.D.L. Cloutier
  • Sgt K.R. Norie
  • Sgt L.C. Gay
  • Sgt S.J. Smith
  • Sgt W.H. Mudge




  • Sgt. Leonard Charles Gay 138 Sqdn. (d.15th September 1943)

    Halifax JN910 NF-K, 138 Squadron, crashed in the Baltic Sea near Rugenwalde, during operation Flat 12, Poland, 14th/15th September 1943. Only the pilot Sgt A.S.Dove survived. The aircraft was returning from an SOE mission and was hit by flak. The seven crew members who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    The members of the crew were:

  • F/O E.C. Hart
  • Sgt A.S. Dove
  • Sgt K.C. Windsor
  • F/O J.D.L. Cloutier
  • Sgt K.R. Norie
  • Sgt L.C. Gay
  • Sgt S.J. Smith
  • Sgt W.H. Mudge




  • Sgt. Sidney John Smith 138 Sqdn. (d.15th September 1943)

    Halifax JN910 NF-K, 138 Squadron, crashed in the Baltic Sea near Rugenwalde, during operation Flat 12, Poland, 14th/15th September 1943. Only the pilot Sgt A.S.Dove survived. The aircraft was returning from an SOE mission and was hit by flak. The seven crew members who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    The members of the crew were:

  • F/O E.C. Hart
  • Sgt A.S. Dove
  • Sgt K.C. Windsor
  • F/O J.D.L. Cloutier
  • Sgt K.R. Norie
  • Sgt L.C. Gay
  • Sgt S.J. Smith
  • Sgt W.H. Mudge




  • Sgt. William Henry Mudge 138 Sqdn. (d.15th September 1943)

    Halifax JN910 NF-K, 138 Squadron, crashed in the Baltic Sea near Rugenwalde, during operation Flat 12, Poland, 14th/15th September 1943. Only the pilot Sgt A.S.Dove survived. The aircraft was returning from an SOE mission and was hit by flak. The seven crew members who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    The members of the crew were:

  • F/O E.C. Hart
  • Sgt A.S. Dove
  • Sgt K.C. Windsor
  • F/O J.D.L. Cloutier
  • Sgt K.R. Norie
  • Sgt L.C. Gay
  • Sgt S.J. Smith
  • Sgt W.H. Mudge










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