Operation Postmaster

Living History

On January 14th, 1942, Operation Postmaster was conducted by the Small Scale Raiding Force (SSRF) and the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The objective was to board Italian and German ships in the harbor of Fernando Po (Bioko), West Africa and sail them to Lagos. The overall commanding Officer was ‘Gus’ March-Phillipps aboard the Maid Honour. Two tugs Vulcan and Nuneaton accompanied.

I am trying to find out primary documented research probably available. A relative of one of the civilian’s who was involved asked me to help researching the fact the civilians were to have received the Defence Medal as token of grtitude for their help. It is not sure the medals were ever actually presented, although documents I will show later, state the medals were send.

I am trying to piece together a full and clear picture of the operation and any help is appriciated. I am specifically looking for awarding documents, recommendations and any other documents in relation to the operation. Off course links to the internet are welcome, but these I can find myself.

Regarding to the decorations I know:

March-Phillipps received the DSO

Captain Geoffrey Appleyard received a bar to the Military Cross

Captain Graham Hayes received the Military Cross

SOE agent Richard Lippett the MBE

SOE agent Leonard Guise also the MBE

Private Anders Lassen received the Military Cross

18 civilians involved received the Defence Medal (see documents in follow up posts)

Other military involved received none beceause they already qualified for campaign Stars and War Medals (see documents in follow up posts)

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