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    Default Dutch Resistance Agents dropped by 138 Squadron

    Hi all,

    Slightly off topic, but I hope the mods allow post.

    Two Dutch agents were dropped by 138 Squadron late 1944, Pieter de Vos ( wireless operator) and Tobias Biallosterski. I am trying to establish their fate, a note suggests Tobias was captured but I am having difficulty establishing details.

    Any help or pointers welcome.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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    Steve,

    You don't indicate what sources you've accessed, but for Tobias Biallosterski have you seen https://www.geni.com/people/Tobias-B...00016145827525.. However, there appears to be some dissent about his life, see https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=To...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    Apologies if you are aware.

    Brian

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    Steve, Hi,
    Donít forget that there was some considerable concern in SOE that Dutch Resistance was still infiltrated by Englandspiel, (See Marks, Leo (1998). Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's Story 1941-1945. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-684-86780-X, and Giskes, H.J. (1953). London Calling North Pole). I donít think that the full story of that infiltration has yet surfaced.
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    Hi Brian,

    Both agents were dropped by 138 Squadron, ( S/Ldr Geoff Rothwell DFC* book "Man with Nine Lives" published by Book Guild Publishing-ISBN-10: 1857768043) Pieter was Tobias's wireless operator. Tobias died of his wounds in German captivity, I am trying to establish if Pieter was also captured, or managed to escape.

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    Steve


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    Steve,

    You don't indicate what sources you've accessed, but for Tobias Biallosterski have you seen https://www.geni.com/people/Tobias-B...00016145827525.. However, there appears to be some dissent about his life, see https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=To...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    Apologies if you are aware.

    Brian
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    Hi Peter,

    Thank you for the heads up.

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    Steve,

    If you want an authoritative account of Tobias Biallosterski'a SOE activities, I suggest you get hold of the following book:

    SOE in the Low Countries
    Foot,M.R.D.
    London:St Ermin's Press in assosciation with Little Brown & Co.,2001.

    Biallosterski ("Draughts"), was actually dropped twice into Holland, The first occasion was on the night of 31 March/1 April, 1944, he returned to the UK on 9 July, 1944. The second drop was on 8/9 September, 1944. Biallosterski and De Vos* ("Backgammon"), were delivered by No.138 Sqn Stirling IV LK200, piloted by S/L G L Rothwell DFC. On the return journey, Rothwell's Stirling collided with a balloon cable, crashing near De Cocksdorp, at the N end of Texel (BCL5/411).

    Here is an account of Biallosterski's capture, and death:

    "Draughts" himself had been in the field since mid-September, on his second mission. (Dansey used to say that no agent could be relied upon to last longer than six months). The Gestapo caught up with him on 10 February (1945). He and several friends were stopped at a chance road control; one of his friends had some compromising papers on him. A scuffle broke out, during which Biallosterski was shot through the chest; he died of his wound, in a German military hospital, a fortnight later, having said nothing he should not.

    * De Vos is described as: Being overrun (in) May, 1945 (presumably, by Allied Forces).

    NB. There is some biographical detail on Biallosterski in Foot's book

    Col.
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    Col,

    Thank you for the detailed reply, I am in the process of ordering a copy of SOE in the Low Countries.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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