85608 Brian Edeveain DILLON, MBE, The Royal Norfolk Regiment; SAS; SOE.

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  1. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    I've searched WW2 Talk for previous reference to Brian Dillon and been unable to find any, but if I have missed any previous reference please merge/add thread as necessary.

    My reason for starting this thread was prompted by a letter and a photograph that I will be posting here shortly:

    The French SAS in Tunisia January 1943

    The two pdfs I've attached here are firstly The London Gazette entry for the award of his MBE in 1945 "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field", and the meat on the bones for said award can be found here:

    Dillon, Brian Edevrain (Oral history)

    Please note that the second pdf is a full listing from the IWM site of the contents of the twelve audio reels that will help if your interest is just in a particular period as covered by the interviews. I hope that if you have the time that you will listen to all, from pre-war to post-war (please be prepared for military language throughout).

    Kind regards, always,


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  2. dbf

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    Personal Number: 85608
    Rank: Major
    Name: Brian Edeveain DILLON, MBE
    Unit: Royal Norfolk Regiment

    London Gazette : 27 January 1939
    The undermentioned Gentlemen Cadets, from the Royal Military College, to be 2nd Lts. 26th Jan. 1939:—
    R. Norfolk R.—
    Brian Edeveain DILLON.

    London Gazette : 19 February 1941
    R. Norfolk R.
    1st Jan. 1941: —
    B. E. Dillon (85608).

    London Gazette : 18 October 1945
    The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotion in, and appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field: —
    To be Additional Members of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:—
    Major (temporary) Brian Edeveain DILLON (85608), The Royal Norfolk Regiment.

    London Gazette : 25 January 1952
    R. Norfolk.
    Capt. B. E. DILLON, M.B.E. (85608), to be Maj., 26th Jan. 1952.
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  3. Guy Hudson

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    Brian Edeveain DILLON
    11th May 1919 Dublin, Eire - 3Q 1993 Ipswich, Suffolk aged 74
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    Wounded in action Libya (date not reported) (WO 417/4)
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  4. dbf

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    Thanks for that excellent link, listened to all 12 reels, left wishing there were 12 more. From Gazala Gallop, Benghazi Raid, Greece, Berlin, the Windrush fire through to Regimental Depot & Balls, as well as a brief mention of the SOE club; with all personalities encountered in between. Interesting comments on Kurt Waldheim's wartime activities.
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  5. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Extract from War Diary of 6 BW Jan 45. WO 170-4991. Just prior to the truce declared on 15 Jan.



    hope this helps

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  6. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member


    "Operation Cheviot" was a mission to Recce the airfields at Kalamaki, Tatoi and Elevsis in September 1944.

    First attempt to air drop the personnel resulted in the Dakota crashing with no survivors.

    SOE/OSS killed Greece 9 September 1944.

    They were quickly replaced only a few days later by another 3 man team consisting of F/L George Darlow, attached from RAF AHQ Greece and a met specialist, Lt Stan Legg, a Royal Engineer officer, attached from 2 Para Sqn RE and Cpl Austin De'Ath another SOE Radio Operator. They were flown to exactly the same spot where the plane crashed.

    They were greeted by Major Dillon of Force 133 who had been asked to provide support.

    In this case however, "Operation Cheviot" was a success. The information they gained was vital for planning for OP Manna. Lt Legg (wounded on 14 Nov - cause as yet unknown) was a awarded a MC, whilst F/L Darlow and Cpl De'Ath were both mentioned in Dispatches.

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