On Demand: Operation Jericho – Amiens Prison Raid – 1944

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Battlefield Guide – Rob Owen
Tour Manager – Shane Greer

Tour length about 75 min

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The Royal Air Force’s attack against Amiens prison is possibly one of the Royal Air Force’s most enigmatic operations conducted the during the Second World War.   At one level it is remembered as a daring, precision Mosquito attack which freed imprisoned members of the French Resistance while costing the life of G/C Charles “Percy” Pickard, well-known to the public from the wartime film “Target for Tonight”.  It has been, and continues to be, the subject of a considerable number of major and lesser works and provided the basis of the fictitious storyline for “Mosquito Squadron” the 1969 sequel to the classic “Mosquito movie” – “633 Sqn”.  Yet despite this it has never quite captured public interest in the manner of such operations as the breaching of the Ruhr Dams.

The Amiens Prison Raid, spectacular as it was, did not make the headlines in the next day’s national press.  There was no Victoria Cross for its leader or public adulation of its participants.  Indeed, it seems to have been consciously underplayed by the authorities.  As a result of this apparent paradox, and at times seemingly conflicting evidence, the operation has become the subject of considerable discussion and controversy as to its origins and real intent and purpose.

In addition to providing a narrative of the operation, the tour also considers some of the conflicting attributions surrounding the raid’s planning and consequences, which are still debated to this day.

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May 8, 2022


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Arthur Lacey
Rated 5 out of 5
May 8, 2022

Terrific tour of this bold air attack by the RAF on the Amiens Prison in Feb 1944 with intent to free French Resistance leaders. Great tour guiding by Dr. Robert Owen and tech support from Shane Greer. Use of graphics, archival photos and testimony, The Amiens Raid, Operation Jericho is relived. A must see for military history buffs.

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