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Whether it was delivering false newspapers or concealing English soldiers, when the Germans invaded Belgium
Ann Bonsor was a Wireless operator at SOE's 'Massingham' base in Algeria. Her job was to communicate with agents working behind the lines
Antoinette Porter was just 17 when she tried to enlist. Keen on adventure, little could she have imagined that she would end up in Folkestone
Sergeant Arthur Brown originally joined the Royal Artillery in 1943. He soon found that it wasn't really exciting enough...
After failing to be persuaded to join the WAAF, Barbara O’Connell volunteered to join the FANY.
During the war, Betty Norton was sent to England by her stepmother. On her way, she was scouted by two American SOE’s, which lead to her becoming a me
Bob Frost was an RAF evader who used the Comète Line to escape when his Wellington bomber was shot down over occupied Belgium...
In this revealing interview, the world renowned saboteur and weapons trainer, Bob Maloubier shares detail about his life in SOE and Force 136
Christian Lamb provides a humorous and detailed account of her life as a 3rd Officer WREN.
Colette Cook gives an entertaining account of her time as a Wren. She had a few scrapes and went on to become a Bombe operator...
After leaving school in 1940, Daphne Brookes-Young worked with the St Johns Ambulance Brigade up before she decided to enrol in the war effort.
Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) in 1943.
Doreen Galvin lives in Canada but returned to England briefly in 2015. During the war she worked at RAF Tempsford from June 1943 to October 1944.
In 1944, Doreen Page was studying German at London university. When her call up papers came through, language skills were in high demand
Eileen Simpson provides a fascinating interview about her time as an SOE Fany at Norgeby House in London.
Elizabeth Ward talks about her journey to become a member of the FANY, including details of her previous career and her training in tele printing.
Elvira Burbeck gives an enlightening interview about her service as a FANY. She operated out of Massingham and Italy
Fanny Hugill recounts a remarkable service as a Third Officer Wren.
She worked closely with Admiral Ramsay on the planning for D-Day.
Jedburgh Wireless Operato
Fred Bailey was a Wireless Operator for Jedburgh team, ‘Citroen’. He was parachuted into occupied France soon after D-Day and shares his story
Fred Gardiner’s Lancaster bomber was shot down over occupied Belgium and surviving the drop he evades capture with the help of a local resistance
George Duffee was a Captain pilot in the RAF. Returning from a bombing raid, his plane is shot up over Holland and he bails out.
George Foggo worked in Bomb Disposal for the Royal Engineers. His expertise came in useful when he helped to destroy the Fortress of Mimoyecques.
Despite coming from a Naval background, Gill was mad about cars and as soon as she was able she passed her test and joined the FANY.
Gordon Mellor was an RAF Evader. Shot down over Belgium and, aided by members of the Comète Line, he eventually reached the Pyrénées
Harriet Wright gives a great account of her time as a Siganller in the Wrens. Stationed in Ilfracombe she would receive signals from North Africa...
Harry Verlander as a Wireless operator for Jedburgh team 'Harold'. After D-Day he parachuted into France as the radio operator of one of SOE teams...
Henri Diacono was of Maltese parentage but born in Algiers. After SOE training at Thame Park (near Oxford) as a wireless operator,
Hugh Verity flew the Westfield Lysander aircraft on numerous covert operations into Europe.
WREN Admin Officer
Irene Bellamy provides an entertaining and detailed account of her service in the WRENS. Before D-Day had even taken place, she was typing up...
Jean-Louis Crémieux-Brilhac joined the Free French Forces in London and became liaison officer between the Free French, SOE and the BBC.
Jean Argles worked as a Cipher Operator in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). In this fascinating and detailed interview she reflects on her work
The outbreak of war provided her with opportunities to showcase her skills and she went on to serve in the WAAF at a meteorological site.
Joan Taylor [nee Tapp] was an WTS FANY (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry) with the SOE. She worked as a wireless operator...
The son of a Scotland Yard Detective, John Sharp originally joined the Royal Armoured Corps.
Agent / Officer
John Taylor was one of the earliest instructor agents recruited by the SOE. He spent the early part of the war in Finland aiding the locals
Jonni Berfield was a coder for the Royal Navy. She was working in Plymouth when the Scharnhorst was sunk and recalls the final signals received.
Kay Stadden provides an excellent interview about her time as a young ATS officer in the Y-Service. Intercepting German Enigma wireless signals
Kay Wingate served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She trained at a Y Station on the Isle of Man listening to German Enigma transmissions.
Wing Commander Leonard Ratcliffe joined the RAF at the outbreak of the Second World War. He ﬂew 60+ missions with RAF 161 ‘special duties’ Squadron.
Leslie Fernandez was a fit man when he was young. He loved sports and was good at them. Exactly the sort of chap that would catch the eye of SOE
Lise de Baissac
Lise Villameur (née de Baissac), was one of the first two female agents to be parachuted into France by SOE in the Second World War.
Malby Goodman was a pacificst so joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. In 1944, whilst working in Cairo, he is discreetly asked if he'd like to join...
Marcel Jaurent Singer was a Wireless operator and resistance organiser in occupied France.
Margaret Jackson was PA to Major-General Sir Colin Gubbins who, prior to becoming SOE’s Director of Operations and eventually Head of SOE,
Margaret Pawley was a back-room girl with the SOE in Cairo and Italy.
Marge Arbury was a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and recruited into Y Service for interception of Enigma wireless signals
When she was evacuated as a child she ended up meeting a FANY and was impressed with what she heard. When she was able to join up, she joined
Marjorie Inkster was 19 years old when she joined the FANY. She would go on to train as a radar mechanic
Marsie Taylor worked as a Wren Writer initially at Norfolk House in central London and then at Southwark in Portsmouth.
Mary Overhill gives a wonderful interview about her life with the WAAF. As a Devonian, country girl, the war provided opportunities and experiences.
Mavis Batey was a Bletchley Park codebreaker whose Enigma breakthrough proved crucial to the success of D-Day.
Michael Foot was a world authority on SOE and wrote several books about their organisation and operations.
At just fifteen years of age, Michael Meller worked as a laboratory technician hoping on the trials of the HF/DF (Huff-Duff) system.
Michel De Bourbon-Parme
Prince Michel de Bourbon-Parme grew up in France, the family fled to the United States. Michel joined Operation Jedburgh
Mildred Schutz was in a reserved occupation when she joined the FANY in 1941. Initially she served as a secretary at SOE HQ on Baker Street.
Code and Cyher
Moyra Smiley grew up in Kenya and was educated in Europe. In these films she talks about her life in the FANY
Norren found herself working as an SOE 'honey trap'. In her interview she provides some fascinating detail about how she carried out her work...
Paddy Sproule provides an excellent interview about her time the FANY. It was time well spent, in September 1943.
Pam & Marj
Marjorie Lilley and Pamela Elliot sit together to reminisce about their service with the Auxiliary Territorial service.
Pam Harding was a Special Duties Linguist. Her job was to intercept, copy and pass on German Naval radio transmissions.
Chief Petty Officer
Pam Torrens was a special duties linguist based at Abott's Cliff and Ventnor. She also went onto Germany. The interview is full of detail and humour..
Special Duties Linguist
Patricia Davies provides a great interview detailing her work as a Special Duties linguist in the WRNS.
Patricia Davies was part of the team behind ‘Operation Mincemeat’, the subterfuge which allowed the Allies to invade Sicily.
Pauline Payne worked at a number of SOE radio stations in Britain. Her job was to keep in touch with agents working behind the lines in Europe
Peter Lee provides a fascinating insight into his work in SOE. He originally transferred from the Intelligence Corps to become a security ofﬁcer.
Ron Stephens was a crew member of HMS Tarana, a special duties ship operating between Gibraltar and the South of France.
Ruby Marchant worked in the main house at Bletchely Park. Remarkably she only told her son about her secretive wartime work when she was 90 years old.
Stan Hope was an RAF evader on the Comète Line. After travelling through Belgium [with help] he eventually reached the Pyrenees before being captured
Stanley David completed over 50 operations in the RAF as an Air Gunner between January and November 1944, and encountered a few scary situations.
Sydney Adlam was a member of the Auxiliary Unit. They were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers.
Flying Ofﬁcer J.A. ‘Tommy’ Thomas initially trained in 1941/2 as a winch operator on Fairy Battles and Lysanders.
Vera Morgan worked in an ammunition factory and as it was a reserved occupation, she almost never made it to the WAAF.
Walter Marshall was a submarine intelligence officer who, prior to D-Day, spent time on the Normandy beaches carrying out intelligence.
Yvonne was a WAAF and a FANY. She had Anglo-French parentage and was bi-lingual which was great attraction to SOE.