I am on an interesting challenge. The auto mechanic who my life's happiness is dependant... is on a mission to learn what happened to his uncle. This thread is focused on assembling additional information and family contacts for the RAF Special Operations Executive (SOE) 298 Squadron. http://www.pegasusarchive.org/normandy/unit_R298.htm ________________ Firstly we will focus on improving the information for the Loss Record for British Subject Francis Sayles and crew. Interim Editable Loss Card posted at: http://lostaircraft.com/database.php?mode=viewentry&e=29899 Please proof read and do any corrections needed. Tnx one and all! Date Aircraft Type & Serial Unit Crew Location Cause Sources / References 31.8.44 Halifax V LL343 T-L 298 Sqdn RAF F/O William Wallace Brown RCAF - Pilot - died Sgt William Bradley RAFVR - Flight Engineer - died F/O Robert Denver MacDuff RNZAF - Navigator - died F/Sgt Frederick Pearson RAFVR - Wireless Op / Gunner - died F/O Francis Sayles DFM - Air Bomber - died F/Sgt John Bonsall Smith RAFVR - Wireless Op / Gunner - died All commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, UK English Channel Took Off from Tarrant Rushton 23:59 hrs on SOE operation OSRIC 122 to the Diest area of Belgium, believed shot down over Straights of Dover by Mtr.ObGefr. Baumann Flak Ship VP-Flottilla Windhuk off Walcheren Island which guarded the entrances to the Scheldt rivers at position AN8762 [SIZE=14.44444465637207px]off the Dutch coast.[/SIZE] Page 126 Flights of the Forgotten Further research and information: Harrington Museum Aircraft lost on Allied Forces Special Duty Operations (pdf) http://harringtonmuseum.org.uk/Aircraft%20lost%20on%20Allied%20Forces%20Special%20Duty%20Operations.pdf http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-19029.html http://www.wingstovictory.nl/database/database_detail-en.php?wtv_id=414 http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/20498-help-with-tombs-of-unknown-airmen-in-netherlands-may-be-my-grandfather/ The families have been told that: a) This Special Operations Mission remains classified to this day under the The Official Secrets Acts 1911 to 1989 and NO FURTHER INFORMATION will be provided. - I would have thought that information would have been released by now! _____________________ Speculation is that for some or all "top secret" Special Operations Missions: 1. Crew members were given false names and fake personal ID numbers. 2. They flew in fake squadrons from fake wings from fake airfields. 3. Aircraft that landed heavily damaged at RAF Carnaby and RAF Woodbridge, Manston South coast emergency landing ground for bomber crews were possibly stripped of their Serial Numbers, Identifiers, Parts numbers and that these were applied to Aircraft destined for Special Ops to thwart Axis investigators. Any truth to these rumours? Interesting spy versus spy policy if in fact an operational policy and procedure!