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#1 Kai-Petri

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 03:58 PM

Just read that SAS troops were in June 1944 behind the lines in France and their main aim was to stop and destroy German supply convoys.

More info somewhere on their actions? Thanx!
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Posted 03 September 2008 - 04:16 PM

Hi,

I too am looking for any info about Operatin GAIN. It seems as if SAS teams were parachuted into France on different missions. 1 being the SAS team led by Garstin of 1 SAS (D Squadron). If anybody can help please feel free to email me or join our Forum and post a reply to my thread as follows:

L'Oise 1939 - 1945 :: Voir le sujet - OPERATION GAIN

If you have a report about the British war crime trials or photos I would be more than happy to hear from you. Infact anything on the subject.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 10:47 AM

thanx alot tazorii!
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Posted 04 September 2008 - 11:01 AM

60 SAS were dropped east of Orleans. they even had their own Jeep. They participated at heavy fights together with the Maquis during the Summer of 1944. Several of them them died there. You will find names at CWGC.com by checking the villages of Chambon la Forêt and Chilleurs aux Bois. This include executed SAS pows.among them was a SAS Major. If there is interested I can tell their story.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 08:32 PM

Any info would be welcome. Indeed I have been have a look around and it seems as if an aircraft crashed with 16 men aboard near Bayeux and the following ran into trouble near Orleans

Surname: Fenwick
Forename: Ian
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Major
Number: 70468
Date Of Death: 7th August 1944
Age
Grave: Chambon-La-Foret Communal Cemetery,France Plot D Grave 1
Additional info: parent unit Army Air Corps
former Leicestershire Yeomanry
born Wiltshire
resided Rutland
enlisted King's Royal Rifle Corps 1939
former North and East Somerset Auxiliary Unit (Intelligence Officer)
cartoonist for "Punch" magazine in civilian life
award Mention in Despatches
Op.Gain - KIA near Chambon-La-Foret, France


Surname: Menginou
Forename: Albert
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number:
Date Of Death: 7th August 1944
Age
Grave: SAS War Memorial,Sennecey-le-Grand,France
Additional info: parent unit 3 Regiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes
French interpreter attached from 4 SAS
Op.Gain - KIA Chambon-la-Foret,France


Surname: Dunkley
Forename: Frank Wilfred
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Sergeant
Number: 7889452
Date Of Death: 8th August 1944
Age: 22
Grave: Bayeux Memorial,France Panel 18 Column 2
Additional info: parent unit Army Air Corps
former Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
born Northamptonshire
son of Benjamin Frank and Lilian Cathrine Dunkley,Roade,
Northamptonshire
Op.Gain - POW 7.8.1944 near Chambon-la-Foret, France - executed
date and place unknown
probably unidentified body found with Troopers Ion and Packman
and buried Chilleurs-aux-Bois Communal Cemetery,France


Surname: Wiehe
Forename: Jean (Johnny)
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Lieutenant
Number:
Date Of Death: 1946/1947
Age
Grave: funeral in Mauritius
Additional info: parent unit Army Air Corps
born Mauritius
resided Mauritius
Op.Gain - WIA and POW 4.7.1944 - liberated from Paris hospital 1944 -
DOW Mauritius
not in Commonwealth War Graves records

Surname: Packman
Forename: Leslie Herbert William
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Private
Number: 6285463
Date Of Death: 16th August 1944
Age: 30
Grave: Chilleurs-aux-Bois Communal Cemetery,France Mil.Plot Grave 3
Additional info: parent unit Army Air Corps
former Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) and
former Royal Corps of Signals
born Kent
resided Kent
former 1 SAS and Special Raiding Squadron 1943
Op.Gain - POW 16.8.1944 - executed France


Surname: Lutton
Forename: Howard
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 7013186
Date Of Death: 6th July 1944
Age
Grave: Clichy Northern Cemetery,France Plot 16 Row 16 Grave 14
Additional info: parent unit Army Air Corps
former Royal Ulster Rifles
born Co.Armagh,Northern Ireland
resided Co.Armagh,Northern Ireland
Op.Gain - WIA and POW 4.7.1944 near Fontainebleau,France - died in
hospital,Paris


Surname: Ion
Forename: John
Unit: 1 SAS (D Squadron)
Rank: Private
Number: 3325519
Date Of Death: 16th August 1944
Age: 29
Grave: Chilleurs-aux-Bois Communal Cemetery,France Mil.Plot Grave 2
Additional info: parent unit Army Air Corps
born Carlisle
resided Carlisle
Op.Gain - POW 16.8.1944 - executed France


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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:39 AM

Roger Ford's book Fire From The Forest (Cassell) details all the SAS missions in France during 1944.
'From Java to Nagasaki: The Complete Secret Diaries of a Prisoner of the Japanese'
(Written by Les Spence, 77th HAA) In hardback. www.magicrat.co.uk
Or order on Amazon
'Farewell Leicester Square' (an SOE/resistance thriller)
Kindle book

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 08:15 PM

Lots of articles exist usually appearing on regular d day anniversaries. I have a number of detailed articles in my own collection. Ithink the london illustrated news did a large copy on these units in their tribute called the Red Beret..somewhere in my own collection

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:22 PM

Hey,
Guys I am on vacation in rural france (near Beauvais) and saw this memorial while out biking. I was curious to find who these men were, it sounds like you guys are also curious to hear their story. the plaque mentions specifically that they were murdered, and not killed in combat.
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