Patrol Officers, S.A.S. Phantom

These officers were chosen to command the Phantom patrols infiltrated by parachute on the following operations: BULBASKET, HOUNDSWORTH, DUNHILL, LOYTON and WOLSEY.

John Leslie Hislop.

Patrol Officer, S.A.S. Phantom. Born Quetta, India, 1911. Educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst Military Academy 1930. Invalided out. Joined the Sussex Yeomanry (98th Field Regiment RA) 1936. Transferred to 21st Anti-Tank Regiment March 1940 Evacuated via Dunkirk. Joined Phantom March 1941. Parachute Course. “Popular and hard working – excellent parachutist”. Attached 2nd S.A.S. Regt. Advance Party LOYTON. Appointed second-in-command on return.

Charles Moore.

Patrol Officer, S.A.S. Phantom. Born 10 November 1911. Educated at St Olave’s Grammar School. Enlisted into the Queen Victoria Rifles. Joined the Hopkinson Mission . Commissioned into the Recce Corps September 1942. Parachute Report. “Average performer-keen and can jump anywhere in stick”. Attached “A” Squadron, 1st S.A.S. Regt. HOUNDSWORTH. Later ARCHWAY. Awarded the Military Cross.

Raymond John McCulloch Sadoine.

Patrol Officer, S.A.S. Phantom. Born in Shanghai 14 October 1914. Son of an MI5 officer on attachment from the Belgian Army, from which he was invalided through wounds in 1916. Naturalisation certificate 22 June 1932.  Educated at Stowe School. Commissioned into the Irish Guards 5 July 1940. Joined Phantom February 1941. Parachute course 108 at No.1 PTS Ringway March 1944. Report. “Enthusiastic and popular -jumped very well”. Attached to ‘B’ Squadron, 1st S.A.S. Regt. BULBASKET. Attached to the French SAS as Signals Instructor. Mentioned in Despatches March 1945.

Peter Johnsen.

Patrol Officer, S.A.S. Phantom. Born 1923. Educated at Eton College. Commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps 26 September 1942. Joined GHQ Liaison Regiment May 1943. The youngest of the S.A.S. Phantom Officers. Parachute course 108 at No.1 PTS Ringway March 1944. Report. “Extremely nervous and poor parachutist-should jump last in stick as his nervousness is so apparent, awkward build and lacks control of limbs” Attached 2nd SAS Regt. DUNHILL. MI9 Operation. LOYTON. Later operations in Germany. Mentioned in despatches.

Charles McDevitt.

Signals Officer & Patrol Officer, S.A.S. Phantom. Born in Lanark, Glasgow, 1917. Educated at St. Mungo’s Academy, Glasgow 1928-1933 and Glasgow School of Art 1933-1937. Enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals 29 January 1940. Joined Phantom March 1941. GOC BTNI Certificate of Good Service 3 July 1942. Commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals 6 October 1943. Patrol Officer WOLSEY. Signals Officer for Belgian S.A.S. during the Battle of Bulge in December 1944. Signals Officer for French SAS. McDevitt accompanied SAS Jeeps that over-ran French SAS Regiments at the end of war. Awarded the 1940 Croix de Guerre with Palm on 14 May 1948. Mentioned in despatches November 1945.