Spirit of Resistance

Francis Brooks RICHARDS

Lieutenant Commander Francis Brooks RICHARDS DSC*, MiD

RNVR, SOE

Joined SOE Naval Section, September 1941 at Helford River, taking part in clandestine sea operations to Brittany until October 1942.  Flew to Gibraltar as advance representative of Massingham Naval Section: joined HMS Minna for three abortive operations to Algeria to land stores ahead of Torch.  Served with Brandon and Massingham missions in North Africa until July 1943, leading a detachment which held the Cap Serrat lighthouse for two months and carrying out landing operationsin Tunisia.  Head of Massingham French Section, September 1943 until the liberation of France.

Francis Brooks RICHARDS