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Operation GAIN and France 1944

Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by Kai-Petri, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. Kai-Petri

    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    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!
     
  2. tazorii

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    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.

    Regards
    Graham
     
  3. Kai-Petri

    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    thanx alot tazorii!
     
  4. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    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 ForĂȘt and Chilleurs aux Bois. This include executed SAS pows.among them was a SAS Major. If there is interested I can tell their story.
     
  5. tazorii

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    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
     
  6. greglewis

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    Roger Ford's book Fire From The Forest (Cassell) details all the SAS missions in France during 1944.
     
  7. urqh

    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    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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    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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    -John
     

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