Memorial to Major John Prentice Wilkinson

My uncle Major Wilkinson SOE also known by his Nom de Guerre “Freccia” (The Arrow) was dropped by parachute into the Pre Alpi of northern Italy in 1944. His mission was to organise and align the disparate factions of the Partisans behind the allies. He was shot on 8th March 1945 by the German police. This was considered a war crime, and the germans responsible sentenced to death, but subsequently commuted to several years imprisonment.

The partigiani in northern Italy still remember Freccia every year in 3 separate ceremonies in August and September.

This bust was presented to the Italians and unveiled in 2013.

For more information, google John Wilkinson Freccia

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