agents of the S.O.E. were sometimes taken across the channel
by fishing boat or by submarine, most were parachuted into occupied
Europe, or flown in and dropped off by small Lysander aircraft, that
landed on secret landing strips, generally when the weather was clear
and the moon bright enough. Whatever the means of transport used,
every mission was fraught with danger, not only from German night
fighters, and enemy flak batteries, but also from the very real fear
that the Gestapo could possibly be waiting.
Pilots had the very dangerous task of
flying and landing the agents in occupied France.