I’ve joined  Flash in the Pan  Hosted by Red Dwyer.  Each flash begins with a single word. It should fit into the quarterly theme of Boys and Their Toys. The word must be used exactly as listed. All flashes must stand alone to be accepted.   The word for my 150 word post today is RADIO.

Bob opened his door to a man in military uniform.

“May I help you?”

“Are you Robert Michaels?” said Captain James Powers.

“Yes.”

“Are you a member of the RSGB, the amateur radio enthusiasts?  My organization needs your skills for secret work for our government.”

Captain Powers represented MI8 and civilians were being recruited from all over Great Britain for the Radio Security Service (RSS).

“Since you know Morse code, we want you to be one of our voluntary interceptors.  Your purpose will be to intercept secret wireless transmissions by German and Italian agents here in Britain.”

“You know I am only 16 years-old?”

“Many of our recruits are youths.  We plan to have more than 1,500 working all over the country.”

Throughout World War II, the voluntary interceptors were significant to the war effort.  They received transmissions and passed them along to Bletchley Park, Britain’s secret code breaking headquarters.

Here are some of the British men and women of the amateur radio group Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) who served as young voluntary interceptors during WWII.

Here are some of the British men and women of the amateur radio group Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) who served as young voluntary interceptors during WWII.

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