Signed First Day Covers. Movie Star signed photos. APOLLO & NASA SPACE. WW2 SOE Vera Atkins signed letter & hand written career biography VERY VERY rare. Hand written letter on 8×6 inch notepaper signed by Vera Atkins. The letter, dated 1980 consists of a double sided sheet of paper and is accompanied by a further three pages (one double sided and one single sided) in which she has hand written details of her career in SOE during the second world war. So you get three sheets of her notepaper with five sides of writing and she has signed at the bottom of the actual letter. This is almost certainly unique and very VERY rare to have her career summarised in her own words and in her own hand. Obviously the items you receive will not bear the watermark. Vera May Atkins , CBE (16 June 1908 24 June 2000) was a British intelligence officer who worked in the French Section of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) from 1941 to 1945 during the Second World War. Though not a British national, in February 1941 Atkins joined the French section of the SOE as a secretary. She soon was made assistant to section head Colonel Maurice Buckmaster, and became a de facto intelligence officer. She served as a civilian until August 1944, when she was commissioned a Flight Officer in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). In February 1944 Atkins was naturalised as a British subject. She was later appointed F Section’s intelligence officer (F-Int). Atkins’ primary role at SOE was the recruitment and deployment of British agents in occupied France. She also had responsibility for the 37 women SOE agents who worked as couriers and wireless operators for the various circuits established by SOE. Atkins would take care of the “housekeeping” related to the agent, such as checking their clothing and papers to insure they were appropriate for the mission, sending out pre-written anodyne letters at regular intervals, acting as SOE’s liaison with their families and ensuring they received their pay. Atkins would often accompany agents to the airfields from which they would depart for France, and would carry out final security checks before waving them off. Atkins always attended the daily section heads meeting chaired by Buckmaster, and would often stay late into the night at the signals room to await the decoded transmissions sent by agents in the field. Although not popular with many of her colleagues, she was trusted by Buckmaster for her integrity, exceptional memory and good organisational skills. Flat items are packaged in board backed envelopes with’Please Do Not Bend’ printed to the front. Items larger than 8×12 inches are usually sent in a sturdy tube. We are UACC Registered Dealer RD209. We continue to hold a large number of’Private Signings’ with Concorde Pilots, WWII Veterans, Celebrities and so on, in order to guarantee authenticity. _gsrx_vers_841 GS 7.0.16 (841). The item “WW2 SOE Vera Atkins signed letter & hand written career biography VERY VERY rare” is in sale since Thursday, November 15, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectables\Autographs\Certified Original Autographs\Military”. The seller is “buyautographs” and is located in Ashford, Kent. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country Of Manufacture: United Kingdom