‘All was going according to plan’

7th May 1944

Messages are beginning to bear fruit….and Paddy realises they will have to travel further westward. They still don’t have a plan on how to depart but they are now getting better links with Cairo via the radio set at Dryade and their brave messenger, George Psychoundakis. Paddy and George stay on in Genna a further night.

In the evening Manoli, Billy, the General and the main party travel further westward to the village of Patsos, where they stay in a sheepfold in a gorge by a tumbling stream.

Paddy writes: ‘On the night of the 7th, the party with the General moved by an easy night march to Patsos, which was only two or three hours away from me. They were being fed and guarded by George Harocopos and his family, (George, a thoughtful and well read boy, later to become a gifted journalist, was the son of a very poor, but very brave and kind family, all of whom had been great benefactors to the wandering British). All was going according to plan.’

3 thoughts on “‘All was going according to plan’

  1. Hugh Bullock

    In Ill Met by Moonlight, Billy gives a detailed description of his group’s stay in Patsos. This extract from his book is now engraved, in Greek and English, on a brass plate mounted on a rock under an olive tree near the Charakas sheepfold. The welcome you will receive in Patsos today, is as generous as the one which Billy and his party received all those years ago.

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