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'Operation Musketoon’

Sunday, September 20, 1942

Location

Glomfjord
Norway
66° 51' 33.12" N, 14° 1' 36.48" E

Glomfjord, Norway

Operation Musketoon was a raid on an electricity generating station at Glomfjord in German occupied Norway. Ten Commandos from No 2 Commando and 2 Norwegian corporals working for the SOE took part in the raid leaving thier home port on the 11th September. They were taken by submarine to a remote Fjord, completed a difficult overland route, approaching their target from the rear and successfully destroyed it. Seven were captured and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp under Hitler's infamous Commando Order. 
 

ABRAM, Cyril Henry

No 2 Commando

Rifleman Cyril Abram was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

This was a raid on an electricity generating station at Glomfjord in German occupied Norway. They were taken by submarine to a remote Fjord, completed a difficult overland route, approaching their target from the rear and successfully destroyed it. Seven were captured and later executed at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp under Hitler's infamous Commando Order. 

BLACK, Graeme Delamere

No 2 Commando
Captain Graeme Black DSO, MC, was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven Commandos of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. 
  • Awarded the Military Cross in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in successful combined operations, against the enemy at Vaagso and Maaloy.
  • Awarded the Distinguished Service Order in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.

CHUDLEY, William Henry Albert

No 2 Commando
Lance Bombardier William Chudley was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Nazi persecution claim: Mrs Ellen Eliza Chudley for Mr William Henry Albert Chudley / Foreign Office file FO950/3057.
Killing of British POWs Germany after capture in Norway operation Musketoon  / National Archives file WO311/382.
 

CURTIS, Eric Gordon

No 2 Commando
Private Eric Curtis was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Nazi persecution claim: Mrs Ellen Eliza Chudley for Mr William Henry Albert Chudley / Foreign Office file FO950/3073.
Killing of British POWs Germany after capture in Norway operation Musketoon  / National Archives file WO311/382.
 

FAIRCLOUGH, John

John Fairclough MM
Fairclough 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Guardsman John Fairclough was one of the ten Commandos and 2 Norwegians who took part in Operation Musketoon. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service during this raid.
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JOHNSON-HOUGHTON, Joseph Blundell

No 2 Commando
Captain Joseph Blundell Johnson-Houghton MC was executed whilst a Prisoner of War. He was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942. Generally referred to as Joseph Houghton as the family often used the shortened surname of 'Houghton'.

MAKEHAM, Reginald Henry

No 2 Commando

Private Reginald Makeham, 6 troop,  was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

Sources
CWGC.
Killing of British POWs Germany after capture in Norway Operation Musketoon  / National Archives file WO311/382.

O'BRIEN, Richard

No 2 Commando
Lance Sergeant Richard O'Brien, 2 troop, was one of the Commandos who returned from Operation Chariot, the raid on St Nazaire. He sailed on board ML 447.
 
6 months later he was one of the ten Commandos who took part in Operation Musketoon. Seven were taken prisoner and later executed. LSgt O'Brien evaded capture after the successful raid and made it back to the UK.  He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions during this raid.
(Source: LG Publication date: 5 March 1943, Supplement: 35929, Page: 1118).
 

SMITH, Miller

No 2 Commando

Sergeant Miller Smith, an ex Policeman from Southport, was one of the seven men of No. 2 Commando who were captured after Operation Musketoon, and later executed under Hitler's Commando Execution Order, at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Berlin, 1942.

Sources
CWGC.
Killing of British POWs Germany after capture in Norway operation Musketoon  / National Archives file WO311/382.
Nazi persecution claim: [name withheld - in closed extracts] for Mr Miller Smith / Foreign Office file FO950/4138.

TRIGG, Frederick Harry

Frederick Harry Trigg 2 Commando
No 2 Commando
Private Frederick Trigg MM from Haywards Heath, Sussex, was killed in action in Italy.
 
He had been awarded the Military Medal whilst serving in No.2 Commando for gallant and distinguished service  in 1942 during Operation Musketoon in Norway and his subsequent evasion from capture. Seven of those on that raid were captured and executed.
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