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    138 Sq. Halifax lost on above operation. Is it an SIS op, SAS drop?

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    The Tempsford ROH has Halifax V LL289 NF-P shot down by flak near Saumur on supply dropping mission Percy 7 to the Resistance. More info here:

    http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/TempsfordAircrewLost1944.html

    I guess that makes it SIS...?

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    Thanks Simon

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    If they were dropping goodies to the Resistance (the Shipwright circuit?) then it might, more likely, have been an SOE job?
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    Hello,

    As Bill Chorley says in BCL5/250 - Op: SOE.

    Col.

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    I don't think it is SOE as there is no circuit called Percy and if it was Shipwright, it would be Shipwright 7. Reading 'SOE in France' by MRD Foot he states that Jedburghs were names after English first names or drugs, so it looks like an early Jedburgh drop.

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    The names of the flights/DZs were, operationally, totally and utterly distinct from the Circuit(s) Name(s) they were dropping to. This is an absolutely basic common sense security precaution. If one of the aircrew had been captured alive - and subjected to the best of the Gestapo techniques - all he could say was "We were on Percy 7". This information gave NO indication which bit of the SOE (or SIS, or SAS, later) they were dropping to.
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    Peter

    'Agents by Moonlight' refers to circuit and number of drop - pp 148 Pimento 10, pp154 Pimento 14, pp185 Scientist 180, pp196 Jockey 10.

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    Hello,

    Having read a number of SIS/SOE documents, I can confirm that dropping/pickup operations were named after the circuits organising them or after the agent(s) being transported. 'Percy 7' therefore looks like an SOE supply drop. As far as I know (but I may be wrong), these names were not used outside the organisations that planned and performed the operations so designated. The RAF crews were certainly aware of them (and there is a security problem here), but not the men "in the field", except the circuit organiser as his own code name was used.

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    Jérémie

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    The 138 ORB records Packages and Containers for "Percy" drops. No agents.

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