Research

New revelations about the role of Battle of Britain House during World War 2 have rekindled popular interest in this unusual location. A series of declassified top secret documents and recently published memoirs reveal the secretive nature of wartime activities at the mansion, and shed a brighter light to the sacrifices of the brave men and women who trained there to perform their dangerous missions. Advances in archiving and information technology have also made historic research and online resource accessibility easier than ever before – if you know what to look for, and have the time and resources to press on with research.

An antique book, old Metropolitan Police id photos, or images salvaged from private collections. There’s still so much to discover…

As an enthusiastic amateur historian and accomplished tour guide, I am experienced in piecing together forgotten stories and presenting these to audiences in the form of riveting narratives. I have been researching the story of the Battle of Britain House since 2018 : collecting information, artefacts, interviews, memories and personal accounts. Poring through declassified files, old newspaper articles, and expansive genealogy trees for clues and references. Corresponding with intelligence agencies, history societies, and national archives. Scouring though dusty volumes in antique bookstores for relevant maps and books. Part of my research work is presented on this site, on my travel blog, and during my walks.

Excerpt from Joseph E. Persico’s Piercing the Reich (1977) – one of the earliest declassified references to Franklin House as an OSS training facility. An example of my methodical data collection work and its results.

But there’s more to be done : too many secret files to read, ciphers to decode, memoirs to uncover. Your help is needed : If you’d like to support my effort to preserve the memory of Battle of Britain House, click on the image below to find out how you can support my research

Sources & References

This is a (non-exhaustive) list of the sources and references I have used in my research. If you have a query about a particular topic or aspect of my research, and would like to find out more, you are welcome to contact me .

  • The British Library has a great catalogue of related publications, including local print press, leaflets, and books spanning the 20th century.
  • Central Intelligence Agency : The CIA has an extensive library and archive, and is a unique source of information about the early days of the OSS . New items constantly come to light as more and more documents are declassified.
  • The National Archives : The National Archives at Kew Gardens, London, UK is an excellent source of information with an easy to research database and many online resources.
  • National Archives : The U.S. National Archives is excellent online resource with a focus on ancestry and military records
  • Ruislip, Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society : The RNELHS is the definitive source for the history of Hillingdon, UK. Their meticulous, high quality research and excellent writing is an ongoing source of inspiration.
  • Newspapers is an valuable online resource for digitised English language newspapers spanning the 19th and 20th century

Last but not least, the personal contributions and stories of those associated with the Battle of Britain House, to whom I am grateful.