Airfield was the base for some of the most secret squadrons of
World War 2. They specialised in the delivery of agents either
by parachute or by landing at night in a moonlit field, usually
by the light of just three torches. The squadrons also conducted
'pick up' operations, again landing in the chosen fields to collect
agents who needed to return to England.
Agents in the field needed equipment, and the Tempsford Squadrons
supplied it; they delivered arms, ammunition, radios and other
equipment to the resistance movements in German occupied countries.
These Squadrons acquired, over the years, various nicknames. They
have been referred to as the Moonlight Squadrons, The Cloak and
Dagger Squadrons and, perhaps somewhat tongue in cheek, The Tempsford
More than 70 years have passed since their formation, and it is
time to bring these moonlight squadrons into the daylight so that
their efforts and sacrifices are recorded and acknowledged.
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