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Old 23rd January 2019, 09:32
Carsten Petersen Carsten Petersen is offline
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Blackmail missions

Mosquito nightfighters from 2 TAF flew 'Blackmail' missions during March 1945. What kind of missions were they ?
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Old 23rd January 2019, 09:50
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Re: Blackmail missions

Hello,

2TAF3/Shores & Thomas/448, mentions the following in a picture caption:

A Mosquito XIII, HK475 'PS-D' of 264 Squadron receives attention while parked with 609 Squadron's Typhoons at B.77 Gilze-Rijen. The Mosquito was at Gilze-Rijen for 'Operation Blackmail' which involved flying Dutch resistance agents (including one female) over occupied territory to communicate with their colleagues on the ground.

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Old 23rd January 2019, 15:03
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Re: Blackmail missions

There is a thread here which gives the names of some of the resistance agents and pilots who flew on these missions, including the woman. See post 13 :

https://www.britishbadgeforum.com/fo...hlight=witches


The "Three Witches" badge mentioned also has another long discussion thread here: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/cana...ion-t5315.html

The communication method would have been via S-phone which was a short range line of sight system. There is a very brief scene showing the S-phone at 7:11 and a little longer one starting at the 57:30 mark of this movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsDTZKbVZiw


Or at the 1:42:00 mark of this Alan Ladd Film "OSS": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUKcdPUQBVY

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Old 23rd January 2019, 16:22
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Re: Blackmail missions

Thank you Col and Rolland for opening up this price of little known ww2 history.
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Old 23rd January 2019, 23:05
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Re: Blackmail missions

Thanks, that solved a BIG mystery
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