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Operation Goldfinch

Post  Bob Pearson on Fri 16 Sep 2011 - 17:27

As some of you know I have been tracking some Norwegian assassins of late...not literally of course, but their antics during WW2. One name keeps coming up - Jan Allan. I have his personal file, but of course it has been heavily weeded by UK authorities. Does anyone have any details on Jan Allan with regards his roles? I know he was in Op Bittern 9which I am familiar with), but he was also assigned to Op Goldfinch - another set up with 4 assignments, one of which has been redacted in the files - in other words blacked out so one can read it.

If anyone has knowledge on Allan or his role with Goldfinch then I would appreciate their comments.

Thank in advance

Bob

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Post  Cutstone on Sun 18 Sep 2011 - 11:49

Have you been in contact with this guy Bob:
http://www.elg-johansen.com/Krigsside/Goldfinch.html
He seems to have quite a lot of information, also about Allan.
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Post  Bob Pearson on Sun 18 Sep 2011 - 11:54

Hei Cutstone,

Takk for imformasjon - mange verdsatt.

Hilsen

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Post  hoh on Sun 18 Sep 2011 - 12:13

Hei.
Jan Allan is listed as WO (or WTO) on all expeditions he partissipated. After Goldfinch he was in Stockholm for a while, until he was employed with the SOE/OSS Sepals operations for the rest of the war.

Bob: Mail you later

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Re: Operation Goldfinch

Post  PROJ on Sat 19 Nov 2011 - 14:11

Jan Allan was my next door neighbour in Zimbabwe and I knew him quite well. Let me ask his family what they might know. I did happen to hear Joachim Ronnenburg talking at the SF Club in London last week about his long ski march in 1942 I think it was. He remembered Jan's name but I didn't push him for any details. Have you spoken to him?

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Post  Bob Pearson on Mon 21 Nov 2011 - 21:30

Dear PROJ,

Many thanks for replying to this posting. Indeed I would be most appreciative of your help in asking his family. I am in the process of writing up a book that in part concerns Op Goldfinch and therefore any information that comes to light is always of immense interest.

I have never met Joachim Ronneberg, although I have read lots about him of course. I was in contact with a close relative of his at NRK, so will mail her again - thank you for the tip. BTW I'm quite envious of your listening to a lecture by the man himself!

Thanks again for your help.

Kind regards,

Bob

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Post  PROJ on Thu 24 Nov 2011 - 13:57

Bob
I have been in touch with his family and will be meeting up next month to chat about Jan.
Best
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Post  Bob Pearson on Thu 24 Nov 2011 - 18:59

Dear Pete,

Many thanks for your efforts, you're a star! Will contact you later via private message - most likely over the weekend as I am working late at school

Cheers

Bob

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