|by Bill Bawden, PRO|
17 April 2007
Surrey's School for Spies
The guest speaker at the recent meeting of the AirCrew Association at Fairoaks Airport was Patrick Yarnold, a former diplomat, who has researched the World War II role of Wanborough Manor which stands close to the Hog's Back between Guildford and Farnham.
Of the 100 or so agents operated by "F" Section, nearly half were captured and died in prisons or concentration camps, many of them betrayed to the Germans, possibly by another Wanborough trainee, Henri Delacourt, who was suspected of being a double agent - although this was never proved.
The discussion following the talk revealed that some of the ACA members present had played a part in these clandestine operations by flying SOE operatives to and from their missions in France.
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