Secret War in Portugal [1939-1945]
For SOE [British Special Operation Executive] 24 Land was the code name for Portugal

31 March 2012

Saturday at Lisbon

Working on a book about SOE I came to MI9 escape lines. Many trough Lisbon as can be seen here. In 1940 Darling had been provided to MI 9 by MI 6 to help run an escape line from Marseille into Spain, working under the cover of British vice-consul in charge of refugees based in Lisbon. His code name was Sunday.
As it is reported here «In Lisbon Donald Darling (later known to the French as Cheri) adopted the codename Sunday and in Madrid Michael Creswell was Monday whilst the London office was taken over in early 1941 by P15 James Langley, himself an escaper who had been repatriated through Marseille. In 1942 Langley was joined by another escaper (and Pat Line parcel) Airey Neave who became Saturday.
Do you know who is Airey Neave? See the film The Iron Lady. He is the one who dies after a car explosion. More details about him here.