MARCH-PHILLIPPS , Gustavus Henry

Major Gustavus Henry MARCH-PHILLIPPS DSO, MBE

Royal Artillery, SOE

Joined SOE, March 1941: set up base in Poole Harbour for small scale cross-Channel raids: sailed the Brixham trawler Maid Honor to West Africa, August/September 1941.  Led Operation Postmaster, cutting out an Italian liner and two German tugs from Fernando Po, a neutral Spanish colonial port, January 1942. Returned to UK to command Small Scale Raiding Force (No 62 Commando) under joint control of SOE and Combined Operations.  Killed while leading a raid, Aquatint, on the Normandy coast near Port-en-Bessin, 12/13 September 1942.

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