Because of the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain being so widely publicised lately I have decided to start a regular post on the blog with the theme of on this day on Scottish military history. Sometimes the posts will coincide with well known dates of battles we’ll all recognise, sometimes like today the anniversary will be for a lesser known event. The anniversaries will not just be for the Second World War, some will be for the Great War and earlier but all will have a connection to
By 30th September 1940 war had already come close to Port Gordon in Banffshire. The Luftwaffe had raided the nearby coast and the RAF had built an air base at Dallachy, but on this day seventy years ago three German agents actually arrived on the
Operation Hummer Nord I was an Abwher operation to land spies into the
They still retained their radio transmitters which were crucial to their mission so instead of cycling inland as they had planned two of them chose to walk to Port Gordon to catch a train. The third started off to Buckie to try to make his own way to
Drucke and Eriksen walked to Port Gordon railway station and arrived at seven thirty in the morning. Port Gordon had been used to strangers coming and going from the RAF camp but these two were quite obviously fish out of water.
They didn’t know where they were, they had funny accents, too much money and their feet were wet. Stationmaster John Donald and porter John Geddes knew something wasn’t right so while Geddes distracted them Donald contacted the local policeman
Vera Eriksen was of Russian descent and had a shady past in
They were taken to Buckie police station and a search of their luggage was enough to incriminate them. Knives, pistols, wireless equipment, lists of RAF bases, hundreds of pounds in Bank of English notes, a torch saying ‘Made in Bohemia’, and worst of all, a half-eaten German sausage!
A search by the Buckie coastguard soon turned up their dinghy and their fate was sealed.
Robert Petter was slightly more successful. He had managed to get a train from Buckie to
All three were taken to