Sunday, April 15, 2012

OSS Links For Researchers

 has long been one of my favorite sites for declassified intelligence information, documents, and generally fascinating reading. It’s a great site for giving us outsiders a glimpse into the clandestine world of spy-craft. Some very interesting material to read though some of it does get a bit obtuse.
Recently, I found some new listings for OSS information that is quite readable and interesting. What follows is batch of links listing of summaries of OSS documents and memos from 1940 to 1946. Of interest to JFK researchers is the mentioning of such characters as Richard Helms, James Angleton and Allen Dulles. Their names come up quite often and there are references to their activities and interactions with other agents and intelligence related issues.
These links give a good peek into intelligence operations during the war and even more, a survey into what our allies were up to as well. We spied on them and they on us. As stated in #214:
“Memorandum to all field stations on the need to report on all of the intelligence systems in their area, September 27, 1945, 2 pp. Germany and Japanese intelligence services were the obvious focal points during the war. With the end of the war, however, "all foreign intelligence services, and personnel connected thereto, now become the legitimate object of observation and study. . . ." [WN#24834]”
Lots of interesting stuff here from WWII to post-WWII operations to a UFO report! One intriguing reference is in regard to interviews with workers that allege they helped in the transport of tons of Nazi gold from Swiss bank vaults to an unknown location outside of mainland europe via Spain and Portugal. Now there’s a mystery for some enterprising soul to track down.
Okay, so lots of trivia here but you never know where it all might lead.
OSS Personel List on PDF
Also of interest, a complete listing of OSS personnel during the war. Names, ranks and serial numbers. The usual suspects are here including noted CIA alums Dulles, Helms, Angleton, Hunt, Colby and so on. It’s known in recent years that TV chef Julia Child also served in the OSS during the war. She is listed under her maiden surname, McWilliams. Robert K. Wilcox, who wrote Target Patton, the book that alleges that General George Patton death was a concealed assassination, lists OSS agent Joseph Bazata as the perpetrator. Bazata’s name does appear in this personnel list, adding some additional credence to the author’s theory.
Do you have a relative that did intelligence work in WWII? You might find their name listed here in this PDF. Good luck.
Or, get it from the National Archives web site:

Though widely reported on the Internet and in some JFK books, Clay Shaw was apparently not an OSS agent.  His name is not to be found on the OSS agent list.