Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
SOE F Section timeline
Timeline of events in the history of Section F of the Special Operations Executive. See also SOE F Section networks.
- May 5
- Georges Bégué was the first SOE agent dropped in France. He set up radio communications and met agents who followed.
- July 1
- Brian Stonehouse parachuted into occupied France near the city of Tours in the Loire Valley.
- October 24
- Brian Stonehouse and Blanche Charlet were arrested by Milice in Chateau Hurlevent near Lyons.
- Brian Stonehouse was transferred to Fresnes prison in Paris
- Peter Churchill was landed by submarine at Miramar in France to evaluate the Carte resistance group.
- William Grover-Williams was parachuted into France.
- John Starr arrived by parachute in a field near Valence in France on his first mission.
- Peter Churchill went to Montpellier in France to organize the Spindle network.
- September 24
- Andrée Borrel and Lise de Baissac arrived by parachute at a field near Mer , not far from the Loire River
- Gilbert Norman arrived in France to join the Prosper Network.
- George Starr and Odette Sansom arrived by boat near Cannes on the Mediterranean coast of France. The return voyage carried John Starr out of France following his uneventful first mission, taking with him reports collected by Peter Churchill.
- Jack Agazarian arrived in Paris to join the Prosper Network
- January 22
- Henri Dericourt arrived in France as the section's air movements officer.
- Peter Churchill returned to England with Henri Frager by Lysander flight. On the inward flight Francis Cammaerts arrived to take Churchill's place.
- April 15
- Peter Churchill arrived back in France.
- April 16
- Peter Churchill and Odette Sansom were arrested by Hugo Bleicher.
- John Starr and his wireless operator John Young arrived by parachute at Lons-le-Saunier in the Jura mountains of north-eastern France.
- May 13
- Vera Leigh, Julienne Aisner , Sidney Jones and Marcel Clech arrived by Lysander at a location in the Cher Valley , near Tours and were met by F Section's air movements officer Henri Dericourt. The return flight carried Francis Suttill , leader of the Prosper Network , back to England.
- William Grover-Williams was arrested by the Gestapo.
- William Grover-Williams was moved to Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
- June 16
- Diana Rowden Noor Inayat Khan and Cecily Lefort arrived by air at a location north-east of Angers in the Loire Valley, where they were met by Henri Dericourt.
- Jack Agazarian returned from France to England.
- June 20
- Frank Pickersgill and John Kenneth Macalister were parachuted into France. They were met by Yvonne Rudelatt , but were captured after a skirmish with waiting Gestapo.
- June 23
- Andrée Borrel, Francis Suttill and Gilbert Norman were arrested
- July 18
- John Starr was captured and placed in the custody of the Sicherheitsdienst in Dijon.
- July 22
- Nicholas Bodington and Jack Agazarian returned to France to investigate the fate of the Prosper Network.
- Jack Agazarian was arrested at a rendezvous in the rue de Rome near the Gare Saint-Lazare, which was a trap set by the Germans.
- John Starr was transferred from Dijon to Fresnes prison.
- John Starr was transferred from Fresnes prison to 84 Avenue Foch.
- September 15
- Cecily Lefort was arrested by Gestapo in Montélimar, Rhône-Alpes.
- October 13
- Noor Inyat Khan was arrested.
- October 30
- Vera Leigh was arrested at a café near the Place des Ternes in Paris and taken to Fresnes prison.
- November 18
- Diana Rowden and John Young were arrested at Clairvaux-les-Lacs , near Lons-le-Saunier.
- November 19
- Diana Rowden was taken to 84 Avenue Foch where she was interrogated for two weeks before being taken to Fresnes prison.
- November 25
- Noor Inyat Khan, John Starr and Colonel Leon Faye escape from 84 Avenue Foch but are captured in the immediate vicinity.
- November 26
- Noor Inyat Khan and Colonel Leon Faye are sent to Germany.
- January 13
- Yolande Beekman and Gustave Bieler were arrested at the Café Moulin Brulé in Paris.
- February 5
- René Dumont-Guillemet and Henri Diacono were parachuted into Touraine to establish the Spiritualist circuit.
- February 28
- Madeleine Damerment, France Antelme and Lionel Lee arrived by parachute into a field near Chartres and were immediately arrested by waiting Gestapo.
- Maurice Southgate was arrested.
- April 5
- Lilian Rolfe was dropped near the city of Orléans to work with the "Historian" network run by George Wilkinson
- April 29
- Nancy Wake parachuted into Auvergne to liaise between London and the local Maquis.
- May 13
- Vera Leigh, Andrée Borrel, Odette Sansom, Diana Rowden, Yolande Beekman, Eliane Plewman and Madeleine Damerment were taken from Fresnes prison to 84 Avenue Foch, where they were joined by Sonya Olschanezky. They were all then moved to the civil prison at Karlsruhe in Germany.
- June 6
- The D-Day landings occurred in Normandy.
- July 2
- Henry Frager was arrested by Abwehr sergeant Hugo Bleicher at a rendezvouse arranged by Roger Bardet .
- July 6
- Diana Rowden, Vera Leigh, and Andrée Borrel were shipped to the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp in the Vosges Mountains of Alsace (France) where they were injected with phenol and disposed of in the crematorium. Their arrival at the camp was witnessed by Brian Stonehouse.
- Christine Granville arrived by parachute in France, joining the Jockey network led Francis Cammaerts.
- July 31
- Lilian Rolfe was arrested in Nargis and taken to Fresnes prison.
- Francis Cammaerts was arrested by Gestapo.
- Lilian Rolfe was shipped to Ravensbrück concentration camp.
- John Starr was sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
- August 25
- General von Choltitz the German Military Commandant in Paris, formally signed an Act of Surrender to the Provisional Government of the French Republic, although some German strongholds remained in the city.
- August 27
- John Kenneth Macalister, Frank Pickersgill and Roméo Sabourin, were shipped to Buchenwald concentration camp.
- September 6
- Gilbert Norman was executed at Mauthausen concentration camp
- September 10
- Yolande Beekman,Madeleine Damerment, Noor Inayat Khan, and Eliane Plewman were transferred to Dachau concentration camp.
- September 11
- Yolande Beekman, Madeleine Damerment, Noor Inayat Khan, and Eliane Plewman were executed, each by a single shot to the head, and their bodies cremated at Dachau concentration camp.
- September 14
- John Macalister , Frank Pickersgill and Roméo Sabourin, were executed at Buchenwald concentration camp.
- February 5
- Lilian Rolfe was executed and her body disposed of in the crematorium at Ravensbrück concentration camp.
- February 17
- John Starr was sent to Mauthausen concentration camp.
Violette Szabo taken from her cell in Ravensbruck concentration camp and shot in the back of the neck.
- April 29
- Brian Stonehouse was liberated from Dachau concentration camp by American troops.
- May 7
- Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies.
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