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 Sujet du message : OPERATION GAIN
MessagePublié : mar. sept. 02, 2008 21:39 pm 
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Salut tt monde volia qq chose que j'avais en vie de faire depuis pas mas de temps:

OPERATION GAIN:
This really is not easy to comprehend due to miss information)

This is what I managed to get regarding FAYEL, I still have not been able to get a copy of the Book “Beret rouge” by Serge Vaculik, but I have this quote:

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“We got home with out further incident and after a weeks rest we received orders to prepare for a further mission, the destruction of grounded German planes at various airfields around Paris, beginning at Etampes. A group of Resistance men would be expecting us and they would lend us all possible assistance. We were to be dropped near La Ferte-Allais and to remain in France for about a month carrying out various sabotage operations… It was July 4th 1944 and my last mission to France”.

It was a team of 12 men but they dropped in to an ambush. Apparently someone in Paris was caught trying to sell a parachute and told the Germans of the forth coming parachute drop. On landing, 9 of the 12 were captured, 3 missing & 3 badly wounded (that does not make 12?). They were interrogated at a place Ave Foch in Paris by Herr Dr. Schmidt and the SS. They were kept there until the 9th August 1944. They were dressed in civilian clothes and put in the back of a truck; they were told that they would be taken to Switzerland on a POW exchange program. After some time they got to Noailles (not far from Fayel) were they were driven around for a while. Finally taken out into the woods and lined up in front of a firing squad. Whilst Dr. Schmidt was fussing about preparing the sentence, Vaculik let out a scream, charged the Germans which resulted in a melee. The SAS men scattered. 5 were shot and two escaped. Vaculik and Glenys Atherton's Dad.


The D-Day landings had started and a group of the 1st SAS was sent to disrupt German efforts. The young men where dropped by parachute in the night into a trap. The SAS team was met by machine gun fire but those who managed to make it to the ground were taken prisoner.

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Photo by Graham TAYLOR 2005

At the edge of the wood at Fayel, the Germans unloaded the SAS team and started to read them the execution orders. With in an instant one of the team charged the firing squad, now free from his cuffs. The others all ran in different directions and Mr.( the dad) due to the civilians cloths tripped. The guards believing he was one of the dead ran after Vaculik who had charged them.

Mr. ? hid in the forest for three days until he was found by a group of local children. From here another group of elder kids came and help him to the local town. Here he was put in contact with the local resistance group who hid him. Mr.? had by this time also been able to contact the local resistance. Both groups were in contact and both told each other of their SAS member. The two men were soon reunited.

They spent their time helping the local resistance and relaying information.
(Does anybody know who?)

It also seems that the 5 SAS men were buried at the Chateau de Parisis Fontaine not far from Fayel.

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Photo of the Chateau de Parisis Fontaine (by Glenys Atherton)

Who dares Wins!

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Surname: Garstin
Forename: Patrick Bannister
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Captain
Number: 95531
Date Of Death: 9th August 1944
Age 25
Grave: Marissel French National Cemetery
Additional info: parent unit 2 Bn Royal Ulster Rifles
born India
resided "other Asian countries" (PRO)
son of Richard Hart and Mary Amelia Garstin
husband of Susan Nicola Garstin,Canterbury,Kent
award M.C.
Op.Gain - POW 4.7.1944 - executed wood near Beauvais, France

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Surname: Barker
Forename: Thomas James
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Private
Number: 6986237
Date Of Death: 9th August 1944
Age: 20
Gravesite: Marissel French National Cemetery,France Coll.grave 326-329
Additional Information: parent unit Army Air Corps
former Royal Ulster Rifles
born Co.Tyrone,Northern Ireland
son of John and Florence Barker,Cookstown,Co.Tyrone,N.Ireland
Op.Gain - WIA and POW 4.7.1944 - executed wood near Beauvais, France

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Surname: Varey
Forename: Thomas
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank Sergeant
N° 811752
Date Of Death: 9th August 1944
Age 30
Grave: Marissel French National Cemetery
Additional info: parent unit Army Air Corps
born York
son of Alfred and Annie Varey,York
brother of Harry Varey died 17.12.1944 age 24 as 1111885 Sergeant 49 Sqdn RAFVR
Op.Gain - POW 4.7.1944 - executed in a wood near Beauvais, France

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Surname: Young
Forename: William Pearson (Billy)
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Private
Number: 7018947
Date Of Death: 9th August 1944
Age: 22
Grave: Marissel French National Cemetery
Additional Information: parent unit Army Air Corps
former Royal Ulster Rifles
born Randalstown,Co.Antrim,Northern Ireland
resided Randalstown,Co.Antrim,Northern Ireland
son of William and Elizabeth Young (both died 1959)
eldest of 5 sons
award Croix de Guerre (posthumous)
Op.Gain - POW 4.7.1944 - executed in a wood near Beauvais,France

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Surname: Walker
Forename: Joseph
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Private
Number: 7019954
Date Of Death: 9th August 1944
Age: 21
Grave: Marissel French National Cemetery
Additional Information: parent unit Army Air Corps
former Royal Ulster Rifles
born Co.Down,Northern Ireland
resided Co.Down,Northern Ireland
Op.Gain - POW 4.7.1944 - executed in a wood near Beauvais, France

Sources:
Glenys Atherton,
Serge Vaculiks book (?)
http://www.specialforcesroh.com/browse.php
Graham TAYLOR


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 Sujet du message : Behing Enemy Lines.
MessagePublié : mer. sept. 03, 2008 14:30 pm 
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Behing enemy lines. Air commando by Serge Vaculik. Translated from the French by Edward Fitzgerald. 320pp New York: E.P Dutton & Co by John H. LICHTBLAU

From the time that Serge Vaculik dragged himself back on the beach at Dunkirk from a capsized boat in june 1940, until he testified at the war crimes trial of his would be Nazi executioners, his life consisted of just one dazzling succession of dramatic arrests, split second escapes, cold blooded killings, flights in burning aeroplanes and parachute drops into enemy territory. His subsequent attempt to live a normal life seemed to have resulted mostly in failure. It is no wonder therefore that he decided to go back to his days of glory at least by writing about them.
The book he has produced is surprisingly well written and of course full of the kind of spine-chilling adventures and ingenious methods of survival which are the stock in trade of a parachutist operating behind enemy lines.
The highlight of “Air Commando” is the author’s escape from imminent execution. He and his comrades were captured somewhere near paris by a German ambush and sentenced to death ( an obvious war crime since they were all taken in full British battle dress and thus entitled to be treated as prisoners of war). Just as the execution was about to start Vaculik plunged with a Beast like roar through the momentarily startled Germans and with fantastic luck and superhuman prowess actually managed to escape. Most of the others who were with him did not manage to survive.
His other experiences are almost equally dramatic-such as his first jump over France, and his return to England in a burning bomber with two engines gone and the landing gear shot away. His confrontation, two years after the war with the executioners of his comrades and almost of himself, in a British War Crimes court is psychologically interesting in that it appeared to be an emotional let-down for him. He experienced little triumph when he heard some of them sentenced to the same penalty they had had in store for him, on the basis of the testimony he gave at their trail.
In M. Vaculik we meet a real war hero with all the ingenuity, brashness, and love of danger and simple patriotism which characterizes this type. Perhaps, in wars of tomorrow such men will be as obsolete as the visored knight after the first muzzle loaders had made their appearance.

The New York Times, Published 17th July 1955: by John H. Lichtblau (counter-intelligence investigator in Germany during WW2)


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 Sujet du message : Berthecourt (OISE)
MessagePublié : mer. sept. 03, 2008 14:38 pm 
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(Article paru en Novembre 1994 sur le Bulletin Municipal d'information N°36 )

Certains habitants de Berthecourt se sont demandé pourquoi la date de la libération de la commune (le 31 Août 1944) n'avait pas fait l'objet d'une cérémonie commémorative :

La raison en est que cette libération s'est effectuée dans fait marquant et que la population n'a pas eu à subir les actes de barbarie commis dans plusieurs agglomération de la région par les troupes d'occupation.

Un épisode particulièrement odieux a eu cependant pour cadre, trois semaines auparavant le territoire de notre commune. Le 9 Août 1944, les services de la Gestapo de l'avenue Foch à Paris ont fusillé dans le bois de Parisis Fontaine les 7 membres d'un commando britannique parachutés au dessus de la ferté-Allais (Essonne) le 5 Juillet 1944, et capturés au moment où ils touchaient le sol. Deux membres du commando réussirent miraculeusement à s'échapper. Secourus et hébergés par les habitants, ils participèrent ensuite aux combats de la libération aux côtés des résistants locaux.

En 1964, la municipalité de Berthecourt décida d'ériger une stèle à la mémoire des victimes. Elle fut inaugurée le 27 Septembre 1964, en présence d'un deux deux rescapés: Serge VACULIK, de plusieurs membres des familles et de personnalités françaises et britanniques.

Le 24 Septembre dernier, une cérémonie a eu lieu devant la stèle pour commémorer le 30éme anniversaire de son inauguration, en présence d'une représentante du Conseil Général, de Monsieur le Maire de Berthecourt, de membres des conseils municipaux de Berthecourt, Hermes et Noailles, d'anciens combattants de ces 3 Communes et d'une délégation des pompiers de Hermes.


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MessagePublié : mar. sept. 30, 2008 22:06 pm 
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MessagePublié : mer. oct. 01, 2008 21:59 pm 
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Merci pour cette histoire , Tazorii . Je passe souvent devant cette stèle et me suis toujours demandé ce qui s'était passé à cet endroit :D

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Hello, I have lots of information about Operation Gain. I am Thomas Barkers relitive from Northern Ireland. I have been to the memorial and graveyard.

I have the book Air Commando, and I got the whole planning of the Operation and notes from it from the Public Record Office in Kew, London.

If you are interested, I could take photographs and send to the website :)



Jordan


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MessagePublié : mer. janv. 28, 2009 14:19 pm 
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Hi Thomas,

welcome on our forum "Oise 1939 - 1945".


Citer :
If you are interested, I could take photographs and send to the website


Thank you for sharing your document. You could send us some photo. Please, use my profil to find my email adress.

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MessagePublié : jeu. janv. 29, 2009 19:11 pm 
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Dear Jordan,

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to join our forum. Indeed, this story is one which has been keeping me quite busy for a few years now and I would be very happy if you could share any information you may have.

please take the time to contact me by email (you should find this in my profile) and I shall converse some more.

looking forward to hearing from you.

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Il y a eu des morts SAS de part chez moi dans le Loiret (Orléans) lors de l'opération "gain" , Tazorri ;)

Aurais tu des infos sur cette opération Gain dans mon département ?

J'ai fait un petit post sur le site 39/45 Loiret :

http://3945loiret.forumgratuit.fr/1944- ... 80.htm#299


J'ai trouvé ces noms de SAS mort par ici :

Nom: Fenwick
Prénom: Ian
Unité: 1 SAS (Escadron D)
Rang: Major
Numéro:70468
Date du décès: le 7 août 1944
Âge
Grave: Chambon-La-Foret cimetière communal, parcelle D France Grave 1
Infos complémentaires: l'unité parent Army Air Corps
ancien Leicestershire Yeomanry
né Wiltshire
résidé Rutland
enrôlé King's Royal Rifle Corps 1939
ex-Nord et l'Est Somerset unité auxiliaire (agent de renseignement)
dessinateur pour la revue Punch dans la vie civile
Mention d'attribution à l'ordre du
Op.Gain - KIA près de Chambon-La-Foret, France


Nom: Menginou
Prénom: Albert
Unité: 1 SAS (Escadron D)
Rang: Caporal Lance
Nombre:
Date du décès: le 7 août 1944
Âge
: Grave Monument commémoratif de guerre SAS, Sennecey-le-Grand, France
Infos complémentaires: l'unité d'appartenance 3 e Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes
interprète français attachés à partir de 4 SAS
Op.Gain - KIA Chambon-la-Foret, France


Nom: Dunkley
Prénom: Wilfred Frank
Unité: 1 SAS (Escadron D)
Rang: Sergent
Numéro: 7889452
Date du décès: le 8 août 1944
Âge: 22
: Grave Mémorial de Bayeux, Groupe France 18 Colonne 2
Infos complémentaires: l'unité parent Army Air Corps
l'ancien Royal Tank Regiment, RAC
né Northamptonshire
fils de Frank et Lilian Roade Cathrine Dunkley, Benjamin,
Northamptonshire
Op.Gain - POW 7.8.1944 près de Chambon-la-Foret, France - exécutés
date et lieu inconnu
probablement corps non identifiés trouvés avec Troopers Ion et Packman
Chilleurs et enterré-aux-Bois cimetière communal, France

Nom: Wiehe
Prénom: Jean (Johnny)
Unité: 1 SAS (Escadron D)
Rang: Lieutenant
Nombre:
Date du décès: 1946/1947
Âge
Grave: funérailles à l'île Maurice
Infos complémentaires: l'unité parent Army Air Corps
Maurice né
Maurice résidé
Op.Gain - WIA et de prisonniers de guerre 07/04/1944 - libérée de l'hôpital de Paris 1944 -
DOW Maurice
pas dans les dossiers du Commonwealth War Graves
Nom: Packman
Prénom: William Herbert Leslie
Unité: 1 SAS (Escadron D)
Rang: Soldat
Numéro:6285463
Date du décès: le 16 août 1944
Âge: 30
Grave: Chilleurs-aux-Bois cimetière communal, Mil.Plot France sépulture 3
Infos complémentaires: l'unité parent Army Air Corps
Buffs ancien (Royal East Kent Regiment) et
l'ancien Corps royal des transmissions
né Kent
résidé Kent
ex 1 SAS et les raids spécial Escadron 1943
Op.Gain - POW 16/08/1944 - exécutés France

Nom:Lutton
Prénom: Howard
Unité: 1 SAS (Escadron D)
Rang: Caporal Lance
Numéro:7013186
Date du décès: 6 Juillet 1944
Âge
Grave: Clichy Cimetière du Nord, Plot France 16 Ligne 16 Grave 14
Infos complémentaires: l'unité parent Army Air Corps
l'ancien Royal Ulster Rifles
né Co.Armagh, Irlande du Nord
résidé Co.Armagh, Irlande du Nord
Op.Gain - WIA et POW 4.7.1944 près de Fontainebleau, France - mort en
l'hôpital, Paris

Nom:Ion
Prénom: John
Unité: 1 SAS (Escadron D)
Rang: Soldat
Numéro: 3325519
Date du décès: le 16 août 1944
Âge: 29
Grave: Chilleurs-aux-Bois cimetière communal, Mil.Plot France Grave 2
Infos complémentaires: l'unité parent Army Air Corps
né Carlisle
résidé Carlisle
Op.Gain - POW 16/08/1944 - exécutés France

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