Bibliography/Suggested Reading


Aubrac, L.  (1993), Outwitting the Gestapo,  University of Nebraska Press

Bailey, R.(2008), Forgotten Voices of the Secret War, Ebury Press in association with the Imperial War Museum

Binney, M. (2003), The Women who Lived for Danger, Hodder and Stoughton, London

Binney, M. (2005), Secret War Heroes: Men of the Special Operations Executive, Hodder and Stoughton, London

Body, B. (2003), Taking the Wings of the Morning, Serendipity, London

Bowman, M.W. (1988), The Bedford Triangle - US Undercover Operations from England in World War Two, Patrick Stephens Ltd., Sparkford

Bowyer, M.J. (1983), Military Airfields in the Central Midlands and Cotswolds, Patrick Stephens Ltd., Sparkford.

Brown, A. (1995),The Jedburgh’s A Short History, privately printed and revised

Buckmaster, M. (1952), Specially Employed, Batchworth Press, London

Bunker, S. (2007), Spy Capital of Britain, Bedford Chronicles

Butler, E. (1963),  Amateur Agent, Harrap, London

Butler, J. (1983), Churchill’s Secret Agent, Blaketon Hall, Ashburton; republished as Cyanide in my Shoe, (1991), This England, Cheltenham

Carré, M. (1960) I was the Cat: The Truth about the Most Remarkable Woman Spy since Mata-Hari, by Herself, Souvenir Press, London

Chartres, J. (1992), The Training of World War Two Secret Agents in Cheshire, Bowden History Society Publication

Charrot, J. (1995) Memories of a Navigator of 138 Squadron flying on Special Duties for SOE, unpublished memoirs, Copy in Imperial War Museum

Clark, F. (1993), Peter Five, Independent Books, Bromley.

Clark, F. (1999), Agents by Moonlight – The Secret History of RAF Tempsford during the Second World War, Tempus Publishing Ltd., Stroud.

Cunningham, C. (1998), Beaulieu: The Finishing School for Secret Agents, Leo Cooper, London

Farran, R. (1948), Winged Dagger—Adventures on Special Service, Collins, London

Fishman, J. (1982), And the Walls Come Tumbling Down, Macmillan, New York.

Follett, K. (2001), Jackdaws, Macmillan, London

Foot, M.R.D. (1999), The Special Operations Executive 1940 -1946, Pimlico, London

Foot, M. R.D. (2004), SOE in France, Franck Cass, Abingdon

Fowells, G. (2003), ‘Some failures of SOE and the Double Cross Organisation in the War’, Pioneer Press, Skipton

Gaujac, P. (1999), Special Forces in the Invasion of France,  Histoires & Collections

Giskes, H. J. (1953), London Calling North Pole, William Kimber, London

Griffiths, F. (1981), Winged Hours, William Kimber and Co. Ltd., London.

Griffiths, F. (1986), Angel Visits from Biplane to Jets, Thomas Harmsworth Publishing, London

Hamilton, A. (1977) Wings of Night,  William Kimber and Co. Ltd., London; reprinted 1993, Crecy Books Ltd.

Hackmann, W. (1994), Seek and Strike, HMSO, London.

Helms, S. (2005), A Life in Secrets – The Story of Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of the SOE, Abacus, London

Hopkirk, P. (1994), On Secret Service, Murray, London.

Jackson, R. (1983), The Secret Squadrons, Robsons Books, London.

Johns, P. (1979), Within Two Cloaks, William Kimber and Co. Ltd., London.

Jones, G. (1980), Attacker, William Kimber and Co. Ltd., London.

Jones, G. (1981), Night Flight, William Kimber and Co. Ltd., London.

Jones, L. (1990), A Quiet Courage – Women Agents in the French Resistance, Bantam Press, London.

King, S. (1989), Jacqueline: Pioneer Heroine of the Resistance, Arms and Armour

Kramer, R. (1995), Flames in the Field — The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France, Michael Joseph, London

McCall, G. (1981), Flight - Most Secret, William Kimber and Co. Ltd., London.

McDonald, G. (2005) The Man with Nine Lives, The Book Guild Ltd. Lewes

McKenzie, W. (2000), The Secret History of SOE: The Special Operations Executive 1940-1945, St Ermin’s Press, London.

Marshall, B. (1952), White Rabbit, Evans Brothers Ltd., London.

Marshall, R. (1988), All the King’s Men, Collins, London.

Merrick, K.A. (1989), Flights of the Forgotten, Arms and Armour, London.

Miller, R. (2002), Behind the Lines, the oral history of Special Operations in World War II, Secker and Warburg, London

Minney, R.J. (1956), Carve Her Name with Pride, George Newnes.

Nielsen, T. (2000), Inside Fortress Norway, Sunflower University Press, Manhattan, USA

Nicholas, N. (1958), Death be not Proud, White Lion, London.

Olsen, O.R. (1952), Two Eggs on my Plate, Allen and Unwin, London

Pawley, M. (1999), In Obedience to Instructions—FANY with the SOE in the Mediterranean, Leo Cooper, Barnsley

Peake, J. (1998), WW2 Memoirs, Private publication

Peden, M. (1988), A Thousand Shall Fall, Stoddart, Toronto, pp. 278-315

Potten, C.(1986), 7 x 7 x 90 The Story of a Stirling Bomber and its crew, Gandy and Potten

Pym, F. (1998), Sentimental Journey, Private publication, pp. 124-5

Ratcliff, L.F. (2004), Memoirs of Leonard Fitch Ratcliff , Pims

Rigden, D. (2001), SOE Syllabus Lessons in ungentlemanly warfare World War II,  Public Record Office, Kew

Rigden, D. (2002), Kill the Fuhrer, Sutton Publishing

Rochester, D. (1978), Full Moon to France, Robert Hale, London

Ruby, M. (1988) F Section, SOE: The Buckmaster Networks, Cooper, London; (1990), Grafton, London

Ryder, S. (1986), Child of my Love , Collins Harvill, London

Scott, S. Tempsford Airfield, GCSE History Project, early-1990s. The final draft contained many original photographs of the base and the Squadrons but was never returned! Copies in possession of Mr and Mrs Dibdin, Everton and the author.

Seaman, M. (2000), Secret Agent’s Handbook of Special Devices. Cromwell Press

Seebohm, C. (1989), The Country House - A Wartime History 1939-45, Wiedenfield and Nicholson, London

Smith, B.F. (1983),  The Shadow Warriors, Basic Books, New York

Smith, C.F., Lesberg, S. & McKnight, G. (1981), The Secret War of Charles Fraser-Smith, Michael Joseph, London

Smith, G. (1999), Cambridgeshire Airfields in the Second World War, Countryside Books, Newbury, p. 271

Smith, G. (1999), Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Airfields in the Second World War, Countryside Books, Newbury, pp. 204-218

Stafford, D. (2000), Secret Agent, The True Story of the Special Operations Executive,  BBC Worldwide

Tebbutt, R. Operation Carpetbagger – Special Operations, Harrington Aviation Museum

Tickell, J. (1956), Moon Squadrons, Allan Wingate Ltd., London.

Tickell, J. (1995) Odette: The Story of a British Agent, Chapman & Hall, London.

Verity, H. (1978), We Landed By Moonlight, Ian Allan Ltd., Surrey; revised edition (1995).

Watts, R.O. (1997), They Flew Low – Alone - in Moonlight, SOS Printing, Sydney, Australia.

West, N. (1992), Secret War - The Story of SOE – Britain’s Wartime Sabotage Organisation, Hodder and Stoughton, London, p. 45

Willis, S & Hollis, B. (1987), Military Airfields in the British Isles  1939  -1945, Omnibus Edition, Ditchmarsh, Kettering


Newspaper and Magazine Articles


Aeroplane Monthly, July 2008’

Baltimore Jewish Times, Berg, L. Story of an Anti-Nazi Spy, June 2nd 2006

Bedfordshire on Sunday, Fields, T. ‘Resistance work hits the cinema spotlight again’, April 7th 2002, pp.12-13

Biggleswade Chronicle,’ Village News on Tempsford’,  6th March 1987, 18th October 1991

Biggleswade Chronicle, Bowker, D. ‘Secret Tale of Moonlight Drops’, 21st November 1986, p.24

Biggleswade Chronicle, ‘Search for historic aircraft fails’, 6th March 1987

Biggleswade Chronicle?, Lee, A. (1996), ‘Survivors Remember the Happy Moments’, newspaper article dated 21st November in Potton History Society’s Tempsford file

Biggleswade Chronicle, ‘Silence for Secret Squadron’, Fri. 3rd October 1997

Biggleswade Chronicle, Garvie, B. ‘My days at the secret airfield’, 7th November 1997

Biggleswade Chronicle, ‘Brave Moonlight Missions Revealed’, Friday 26th November, p.6

Biggleswade Chronicle, ‘Wartime Missions recalled’, 21st January 2000

Biggleswade Magazine, Tibbutt, H. G. ‘Cloak and Dagger Squadrons of EAF Tempsford in World Wat Two’, 1970, vol. 12, pp.269-274

Bedfordshire Times and Standard, King and Queen Visit RAF Station’, 12th November 1943

Bedfordshire Times and Standard, ‘Tempsford War-Time Secret’,  Friday 29th August 1958

Bedfordshire Times and Standard, Castle, P. ‘From Tempsford - to torture and execution’, 1st March 1963, p.12

Biggleswade Times, ‘High courage and daring by moonlight’, undated article (C.Beds. HER 9269 no.3)

The Crow, ‘Jam session in a hangar!’, Thursday 18th, April 2002, p.9

Evening Standard ‘Tempsford kept one of the war’s biggest secrets’, 16th June 1945

FlyPast, Breeze, J.T. ‘Moon Squadron Stirlings - Stirling at 50’, May 1989, pp. 21-24

FlyPast, Peake, W.R. ‘They were all called ‘Joe’, March 2002, pp. 34-38

The Guardian, Norton-Taylor, R. ‘War papers reveal betrayal of foreign agents’, Saturday 10th June, p.4 1995

Hunts. Post, Thomas, G., ‘Hunts was a Nerve Centre of Allied Espionage...’, 23rd December 1954

Hunts. Post (?), Montgomery, ‘Monty has a remarkable story’, 19th September 1958

RAF Quarterly, Hughes, L. M. ‘Flying Secret Agents into and from Enemy Country’, 1962, Vol.2. no.1 

The Daily Telegraph, ‘Lidice and Lesaky’, 11th June 1942

The Daily Telegraph, ‘Allied Planes Secret Landings in France’, 9th February 1944

The Daily Telegraph’s Second Book of Obituaries, ‘Gp Captain Ron Hockey’, (1992), pp. 231-5

The Daily Telegraph, Colonel Maurice Buckmaster’s obituary, 1992

The Daily Telegraph, Squadron Leader ‘Bunny’ Rymills’ obituary, 1997

The Daily Telegraph, Sdn Leader James Wagland’s’ obituary, 9th April 2005

The Daily Telegraph, White Mouse,  5th June 2005.

The Daily Telegraph, Pearl Cornioley,  12th April 2006.

The Daily Telegraph, Air Chief Marshal Sir Lewis Hodges’ obituary, January 5th 2007.

The Daily Telegraph, Documents reveal role of ‘winged spies,’ 21st March 2007

The Guardian, Oswin Craster, May 2nd 2006

The Independent on Sunday, ‘Revealed\; the secret female army that spied for Britain’, 11th May 2003

The Observer, Revealed: the wartime hero abandoned by M16, May 22nd 2005

The Sunday Express, Simpson, W. DFC, ‘Some hush-hush adventures of ‘F for Freddie’ Pickard’, November 5th 1944

The Sunday Express, WAAF girls parachuted into France, March 11th 1945

The Times, December 19th 1946

The Times, A.H.C Boxer’s obituary, Tuesday May 5th 1995

Trading Post, Bill Frost’s memoirs, January – March 1992, pp.64-66

Bunnage, D. ‘The History of Tempsford Hall’, undated newspaper article



Bedfordshire County Record Office. (BCRO.) PM 2935/4/23

BCRO. PM 2935/4/25

BCRO. PM 2936/1/40.9

BCRO. PM 2936/1/45.13

BCRO. PM 2936/1/45.19

BCRO. PM 2936/1/46.27

BCRO. PM 2936/1/46-52

Beds. Co. Library 942/TEM.


Public Record Office, Kew, SOE Archives 1/40/18, Tempsford History p.2; AD/S.1; SC.38.1; HS4/39; HS7/28; HS7/30


Films and TV Programmes

Carve Her Name with Pride, (1958) Film directed by Lewis Gilbert

Churchill’s Secret Army, Channel 4 Television, January 28th, February 4th, 11th 2000

Heroes of Telemark, (1965) Film directed by Anthony Mann

Moonstrike, BBC TV series March 1963

Now the Story can be Told, (1944) RAF Film at Hendon Air Museum

Odette, (1950) Wilcox-Neale film directed by Herbert Wilcox

Target for Tonight, (1941) Film directed by Harry Watt

The Mapmakers, UK History Channel, 27th June 2004

They Flew Alone, (1941) Film directed by Herbert Wilcox

The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Channel 5 documentary by Jan and Krystyna Kaplan, 29th May 2001

Secret Agent – The True Story of Violette Szabó , BBC Midland documentary by Howard Tuck 19th September 2002

Female Agents, Revolver Films, 2008