Hurley's Secret War OSS Station Victor
Hurley's Secret WarOSS Station Victor


Radioman 2nd Class J. D. Perkins USN, sits at the supervisor's desk in the Signals room, R. site.

Signals room, R. site, October 1944 showing two of the four rows of radio operator positions.  1st Lt. Herbig is standing in the background, back to camera.

Aerial photo of the accommodation blocks built to house the enlisted men. The Manor House is left of centre with the Olde Bell Inn top right.

Diagram showing structure OSS Communications Branch in ETOUSA

Location of buildings relating to Station VICTOR

SU88 1948  1:25,000 Reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO. © Crown Copyright. All rights reserved.

Aerial view of the receiving site area showing antennae masts as vertical shadows. Honey Lane across the picture left to right, Hurley is to the right of picture.

The Receiving site off Honey Lane which contains the main Operations Control Room, Signal Office and Cypher Section.

View of the interior of the transmitter building showing the large Canadian RCA and Press Wireless transmitter panels. SX-28 receiver & speaker.

During 1944 both Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower were known to have visited Hurley staying at the famous 12th Century guest house, the Olde Bell Inn. On the High Street opposite, is located Hurley Manor House, the headquarters of OSS Station VICTOR, where various accommodation buildings were built in the grounds to house the communication specialists. The signals office and receiving site was constructed up on Ashley Hill overlooking the village whilst its transmitters and masts were constructed two miles away above the village of Bisham.

Type 32 masts being erected by US Navy technicians at the transmitter site looking east towards Lee Farm Dungrove Hill Lane, Bisham.

The receiving site post war, now used as a maintenance building for the Grasslands Research Station at Hurley, Berks.

General Eisenhower’s Packard staff car and driver. Lt Kay Summersby as it would have been seen parked outside the Olde Bell.Hotel.High Street Hurley during 1944.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit Carpetbagger crews at Tempsford in 1943.

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