The "feckless" British schoolgirls that solicited American GIs

March 2006

Catalogue ref. Date Description
Records created or inherited by the Ministry of Aviation and successors, the Air Registration Board, and related bodies
AVIA 54/1403 1946-1950 Employment of German scientists and technicians: denial policyIn 1947, the Ministry of Supply developed a policy for the over 1500 scientists and technicians who were formally involved in wartime research in Germany. This policy dictated to forcibly remove 'whether they liked it or not' the scientists from Germany to lessen the risk of them falling into enemy hands. The ministry organised for work permits to be issued for the scientists and their families to come to the UK, its colonies and the USA to work on similar projects. The first file (1403) details the policy and communication within the Foreign Office and with cooperating national Governments.  The second file (1406) is a detailed list of persons involved in the scheme and projects they were placed in.
AVIA 54/1406 1946-1947 Nominal rolls of post-war 'collaborators' in UKIn 1947, the Ministry of Supply developed a policy for the over 1500 scientists and technicians who were formally involved in wartime research in Germany. This policy dictated to forcibly remove 'whether they liked it or not' the scientists from Germany to lessen the risk of them falling into enemy hands. The ministry organised for work permits to be issued for the scientists and their families to come to the UK, its colonies and the USA to work on similar projects. The first file (1403) details the policy and communication within the Foreign Office and with cooperating national Governments. The second file (1406) is a detailed list of persons involved in the scheme and projects they were placed in.
Records of the Cabinet Office
CAB 103/585 1969-1978 Official histories 1939-1945: Joint Consultative Committee on captured enemy archives: composition and terms of reference, generalCaptured enemy documents.  File generated by Cabinet Office committee dealing with the restitution of German satellite documents following the Second World War, which includes lists of captured documents (interrogation reports of Allied survivors, U-Boat plans etc). A 1977 letter mentions David Irving being leaked documents and his subsequent book The Trail of the Fox described as 'a horrid farrago'….'Each scoop disclosed in a luridly journalistic manner'.
Records of the Ministry of Defence
DEFE 69/196 1956-1972 Sub Lt D J Bingham RN, convicted of spying for the Soviet UnionSub Lt David James Bingham was arrested in 1971 for breaching the Official Secrets Act. A member of TAS (Tactical Advisory Service) in Portsmouth, he was under investigation for relationships with the Russian Government. Initially upon his arrest, he said to the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Navy that he had been for years a KGB agent and that his wife and family and shipmates had no idea of his second identity. He said that over 20 operatives and three commanders were operating in the Portsmouth area. Later, he changed his story to say that he sold military secrets to the Russian embassy to rid himself of a £2300 debt. The two files detail the investigation into Bingham's claims as well as an investigation of his commanding officer who, by military protocol, should have been filling out forms about his off-shore and on-shore activities.
Records created or inherited by the Medical Research Council
FD 9/2516 1971-1976 University of London, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, Department of Biochemistry; study of the metabolism of LSD (Professor R T Williams)Research and results of study by Prof. Williams on the metabolism of the drug LSD. Contains a range of animal testing (rat, guinea pig, rhesus monkey) and discusses the limitation of animal testing results being applicable to humans. Also shows desire of the funding body to develop tests for tracing LSD in humans and the lack of success in getting ethical clearance to run human studies on LSD metabolism.
Records created or inherited by the Home Office, Ministry of Home Security, and related bodies
HO 282/49 1965-1966 Removal of Remains of executed prisoners in prison grounds (Removal of James Hanratty)File contains correspondence between Prisons Department in the Home Office and the family of executed prisoner James Hanratty discussing the possibility of reinterment of his remains, which had been buried in the prison cemetery.
Records of the Metropolitan Police Office
MEPO 2/9160 1950-1954 Fraudulent substitution of a racehorse in races, thus obtaining prize money by false pretencesThe Daily Mail described the case of Liffey Valley and Newton Rock as one of the ´biggest horse-racing swindles of many years´. Liffey Valley was purchased following injury but another horse ran under the same name. The file contains newspaper reports from the time, witness statements and photos of the horses.
Records created or inherited by the Ministry of Health and successors, Local Government Boards and related bodies
MH 102/895 1943 Girl absconders from approved schools soliciting American soldiers in the streets and spreading venereal disease

Contains list of approved schools in the UK from which girls were playing truant to solicit American soldiers and then contracting venereal diseases. Discusses use of restraints in remand homes to keep the girls, who had been collected by the authorities, off the streets. Names the schools, number of absconders and asks for and extra column to list different cases of VD.