Confounding the enemy: Jewish RAF Special Operators in radio counter measures with 101 Squadron, September 1943—May 1945

Much of the history of the secret telecommunications war against the Ger? mans during the Second World War is still classified and shrouded in mys? tery, including the Radio Counter Measures (RCM) of RAF Squadron 101. Originally founded at Farnborough in 1917 as part of the RFC, Squadron 101 served as a night-bomber squadron on the Western Front,1 was demobil? ized after the Armistice and re-formed at Bircham Newton in 1928. By 15 June 1943 it was based at Ludford Magna, near Louth in Lincolnshire, as part of No. 1 Group, Bomber Command, having already taken part, for instance, in the 1000-bomber raids on Germany, attacks on Italian targets and, soon after, the raid on the Vi sites at Peenem?nde in August 1943.

At Ludford a far more dangerous task was assigned the squadron. Many Allied bombers were falling victim to German night-fighters guided by ground controllers scrutinizing radar screens.2

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