James B. Donovan papers, 1919-1976.
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The special operations Branch, Office of Strategic Services, London was charged with conducting in enemy or enemy-occupied territories of the European Theater, sabotage operations, the support and supply of resistance groups, and guerrilla warfare. From the description of OSS/London: Special Operations Branch and Secret Intelligence Branch war diaries, 1944, [microfilm]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122640182 ...
James Britt Donovan (February 29, 1916 – January 19, 1970) was an American lawyer and United States Navy officer in the Office of Scientific Research and Development and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS, predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency), ultimately becoming general counsel of the OSS, and an international diplomatic negotiator. Donovan is widely known for negotiating the 1960–1962 exchange of captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and American student Frederic Pry...
Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977) was an American pilot whose Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) U-2 spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission in Soviet Union airspace, causing the 1960 U-2 incident. He later worked as a helicopter pilot for KNBC in Los Angeles and died in a 1977 helicopter crash....