Category: Significant Events: Ops

Peenemunde Raid, 17/18 August 1943

Coming up to the anniversary of the famous raid on Hitler’s V1 weapon site, we started thinking about what we have in the Archive which is related to this night. It was not difficult to come up with three items, all in Special Collections. The three aircrew concerned were Arthur Orchard, a gunner with 156 Read More

The Three Pathfinder VCs

The three Victoria Crosses awarded to Pathfinders were all gazetted in 1945, some time after the deaths of the recipients. The three men who performed extraordinary feats of heroism and self-sacrifice were Ian Willoughby Bazalgette, Robert Anthony Maurice Palmer, and Edwin Swales. Read the Full Article: The Three Pathfinder Victoria Crosses Read More

23 December 1944, “Heroic Endeavour”

On 16 December 1944, German Panzers spearheaded a surprise attack in the Ardennes that smashed through thinly held Allied lines, catching the Allied commanders completely off-guard. The Allied fight-back included the extraordinary feat of heroism which won Bob Palmer one of the three VCs awarded to Pathfinders: 23 December 1944: “Heroic Endeavour” The story of Read More


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