The Bedford Triangle, Undercover Operations from England in the Second World War

Another well research aviation history from Martin Bowman. The British quickly created secret airfields and flew into Occupied Territory to deliver and collect agents and provide supplies to the increasing number of Resistance Fighters operating in Europe against the German occupiers. – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: The Bedford Triangle, Undercover Operations from England in 
the Second World War
FILE: R2513
AUTHOR: Martin W Bowman
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  228
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, night 
operations, covert missions, secret airfields, SOE, agent drops, 
STOL aircraft, dark of the moon, RAF, USAAF, OSS

ISBN: 1-47384-987-X

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DESCRIPTION: Another well researched aviation history from Martin 
Bowman. The British quickly created secret airfields and flew into 
Occupied Territory to deliver and collect agents and provide 
supplies to the increasing number of Resistance Fighters operating 
in Europe against the German occupiers.  -  Highly Recommended.

When the BEF was evacuated from Dunkirk, Churchill wasted no time in 
ordering the development and expansion of covert and commando 
operations against Occupied Europe. Britain might not be in a 
position to attempt landings in Europe to liberate the occupied 
nations, but Churchill was determined to poke the Germans at every 
opportunity and prepare for the day when large scale landings could 
be undertaken to liberate Europe and defeat Germany.

The support these operations, secret airfields were built and the 
RAF started to create special squadrons, frequently with special 
aircraft to support insertion and extraction of agents by air. When 
the US joined the war, the USAAF set up similar operations in 
Britain to support their own OSS agents and some cross operation was 
achieved to help each other. Much of this work and airfields were 
located in a triangle with Bedford roughly in the centre. However 
there were also a number of very small airfields in remote areas of 
East Anglia including one on a small island in Broadland that 
operated Lysander STOL aircraft.

The overall operation was not confined to aircraft. Agents and 
commandos were landed from submarines or paddled ashore in kayaks 
and various fast coastal forces vessels were also used. The main 
decision on method of insertion and extraction came down the number 
of people requiring covert transport, the urgency of insertion or 
extraction, the distance to be traveled and the amount of equipment 
that was required. This often meant that a particular mission might 
use aircraft for one part of the trip and might either land in 
Occupied Europe, or drop personnel by parachute. The other part of a 
return journey might require the use of boats or submarines.

The author has researched extensively and some sealed records have 
only recently been opened. In addition to covering the methods of 
transport and the operations involved, he has also covered the 
clandestine propaganda and political warfare, and provided what is 
presented as the truth behind the disappearance of band leader Glenn 
Miller. There are still some records to be opened to researchers and 
there are records that no longer survive or details of operations that 
were never recorded, but the author can claim to have provided the 
most comprehensive review of the subject and the basic facts are most 
unlikely to change in any substantial way.

Its a great read.