Operation Carpetbagger: Background information when reading The Illusion of Separateness

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The Illusion of Separateness

A Novel

by Simon Van Booy

The Illusion of Separateness
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    Jun 2013, 224 pages
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Operation Carpetbagger

They flew by night, predominantly during the "moon period," when there was sufficient moonlight to navigate by. Their airplanes were painted black to avoid detection, and they flew at dangerously low altitudes, often as low as 2,000 ft. The first flights were with modified B-24D Liberators; later, C-47s, A-26s, and British Mosquitos were added to the arsenal. This was Operation Carpetbagger, a little known, top-secret mission of WW II conceived of and directed by the United States Office of Strategic Services, precursor of the CIA. Operation Carpetbagger began in support of top-secret Royal Air Force (RAF) missions flown out of a small British airbase in Tempsford, Bedforshire. Their purpose was to airdrop supplies and agents to resistance groups operating in German-held territories. Operation Carpetbagger became a reality in November 1943, when the 22nd Anti-Submarine Squadron was disbanded and reassigned first to the Tempsford air base and later to Harrington Field in ...

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