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It’s not often we have contributions about the Secret Intelligence Service (S.I.S. – popularly known as M.I.6), other than the excellent newsletters from our friend Geoffrey Pidgeon, an S.I.S. veteran of WW2. From supporter Colin Cohen, however, comes these fascinating images and a note concerning his father:

‘My father, Commander Kenneth Cohen was a senior SIS officer and in April 1941 took one of the earliest wireless sets to Lisbon to meet up with the head of Alliance which became the largest French network. The ex-KLM DC3 that took him there was later shot down with the loss of all aboard, including actor Leslie Howard.

In 1944 he organised the SUSSEX operation, the largest tripartite intelligence operation of the war and by the end of the war he was responsible for all SIS operation in Western Europe, having also been responsible for training, and a stint sorting out SIS operations in the Middle East.’


Credits: Colin Cohen, November 2020


Commander Kenneth Cohen, Secret Intelligence Service (S.I.S./M.I.6) in WW2.

Bremen in April 1945 in ‘beach master’ RN uniform.

This is the false passport he used.

The DC-3 aircraft in which he flew to Lisbon.

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