Jean Leslie ‘s Little Wittenham photo

The Times (£) on this Easter Monday has an obituary of Jean Leslie along with her photograph taken in 1942 by the Thames at Little Wittenham.

The MI5 secretary had been swimming in the river just before the black and white photograph was taken. This picture was to be ‘Pam’, girlfriend of a fictitious Major Martin. This was the name given to a body tipped overboard with forged papers and the photo.

It was an elaborate scheme to deceive the Germans as told in the film The Man Who Never Was.

I think the houses seen in the distance behind the young Jean, or ‘Pam’, are in Dorchester-on-Thames.


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