Military & Intelligence History – September 12th, 2015

Seven items in total…

U.K: Cedric Belfrage identified by de-classified MI5 files as more valued by the Soviets than Kim Philby

Australia: Paul Royle, RAAF pilot who took part in the “Great Escape” POW camp break-out, dead at 101

U.K: Fly-pasts mark Biggin Hill’s “hardest day” when subjected to massive attacks on August 18th, 1940

Canada: Zephyr veteran Samuel Sharpe to be honoured; was re-elected to parliament “in absentia” while fighting in France.

U.S: As many as a dozen atom bombs would have been dropped on Japan if necessary

U.K: MI5 declassified files reveal that an “Austrian photographer” had recruited Cambridge Five spy Kim Philby – he was the “grandmother of us all

U.S: WWII flying ace and Guadalcanal hero Fritz Payne dead at 104