CAMP-X Photo Gallery

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School kids at Camp X

40 years of investigating Camp-X!

August 15th, 2016 is the 40th anniversary into my long exciting trek
to learn the secrets of the top-Secret Spy camp called Camp-X

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Lynn Philip Hodgson (left) and Alan Paul Longfield stand in front of one of the original buildings of Camp-X.

2007 was the thirtieth year of our research into this famous ‘Top-secret’ camp.

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Then and now

(OSS agents experience winter training at Camp-X)

The same location years later.

Lynn operates an Enigma Machine at Bletchley Park - May 2001

Lynn listens to Russian traffic at Fox Station - Bletchley Park

Unlike Canada, this is how England and Bletchley Park preserves its historical heritage. Here, Lynn looks into Hut 4 of the famous code breakers at Bletchley Park, a building that appears exactly as it did during World War II.

An ‘Enigma Machine’

‘Beaulieu’ - England’s Camp-X during WWII

Bletchley Park Manor just north of London where thousands of signals were transmitted daily to and from Camp-X

Camp-X (1942)

Camp-X (1942)

Sten Gun used extensively at Camp-X

‘Button Compass’ much like the one used by Camp-X agents

Bill Hardcastle centre, Lynn Philip Hodgson far right, and members of the North Shore Radio Club

General Constantine and Billy Bishop

Camp-X from the air - 1943

In this photo (1943), agents at Camp-X learn how to hide in a hay wagon.

Here they have been discovered by Camp-X guards as part of the agents’ simulation training.

Hydra 1942

The Communications Building - 1942

Ontario Hydro workers erect the 100’ tall Rhombic Antennae

Read the story by clicking here

Camp-X 1942                 Camp-X 1978

Andy ‘Daniels’ and other secret agents
(Bari, Italy 1943)

This comb was carried throughout Andy Daniels’ mission behind enemy lines. It is not a normal comb, but a very special one made by a ‘secret department (Magic)’ of the SOE. If Andy Daniels, after being dropped behind enemy lines, were to become lost he would simply break open this comb and he would find a compass inside!

Bill Hardcastle at Camp-X 1942

Commandant Arthur Terence Roper-Caldbeck (1942)

Commandant Bill Brooker

Commandant Cuthbert Skilbeck

Hamish Pelham Burn
Explosives instructor (1943-44)
A real WWII hero!

Hamish (second from left), Jack Clayton and Andy McClure
(The ‘Dream Team’ of SOE saboteurs)

In 2003, the author of ‘Inside Camp-X’, Lynn Philip Hodgson, returned to England yet another time in search of information about Camp-X. This time, he was able to locate and interview the families of the three commandants of Camp-X. The families provided him with a treasure chest of historic photographs. In this personal picture, C.O. Cuthbert Skilbeck is photographed in the backyard of his father’s home on the very day that he set sail for Canada and Camp-X.

Major James (Paddy) Adams
(Signals Instructor)

Major Arthur Jackson Bushell
(Adjutant Quartermaster)

Major Fred Milner
(Explosives Instructor)

Sergeant-Major George de Relwyskow
(Small Arms Instructor)

Read the story here

Hamish Pelham Burn (left)
Chief Explosives Instructor (1943-44)

This motorcycle was folded and sent with the agents behind enemy lines

Sargeant Clayton, instructor at Camp-X, stands beside a Avro Anson from Oshawa Airport

Commandant Skilbeck and his
Canadian Team (1943)

Commandant Skilbeck and his
senior staff

The Sinclair Farmhouse (1905)

Ian Fleming - author James Bond

For more about Ian fleming
please read the story of Paul Dehn

The Camp-X Mural - Downtown Oshawa

Camp-X Museum - 2003

Lynn Philip Hodgson conducts one of many walking Tours of Camp-X
(Summer 2005)

Camp-X Instructor Bill Girard

American OSS agents at Camp-X

Sir William Stephenson’s grave in Bermuda

Eric Curwain (a.k.a. Bill Simpson)
recruited secret agents for Camp-X

Camp-X from air 1968

RDX explosives training 1943 at Camp-X
(note the pieces of molten rock flying in all directions)

Explosion at the famous ‘Corbett Creek’. (1943) Made famous by children’s author of ‘Camp-X’, my good friend Eric Walters

Camp-X gate (1963)

Winston Churchill / William and Mary Stephenson

Corbett Creek from west side (1943)

The great William Fairbairn,
the most talented silent killer
in the world

Major Fairbairn illustrates the art of ‘silent killing’. Within moments of shaking hands with Fairbairn, an unsuspecting man can only muster up a silent gasp before death.

A Halifax Bomber used to drop secret agents behind enemy lines

Harry Court, explosives instructor at Camp-X in 1942. This picture was taken years later during his retirement

The 90 foot high jump tower
Camp-X 1942
Note... no railings

Igor Gouzenko

Forbidden Beach
Igor Gouzenko had little else to do but walk down to the beach and paint. Here he painted a picture of the area. If you walk down to the beach today, you can stand at this exact spot and see this scene, unchanged in almost 70 years.

Here’s what it looks like today.

Inside Hydra (1942)

Camp-X 1947
It was a this point that the Camp was turned over to the Canadian Signal Corp. and operated as the ‘Oshawa Wireless Station’ (RC SIGS) until its closure in 1969.
Note that the fence was tightened in around the buildings with barbed wire being added to the top.

The Camp-X Monument - Intrepid Park

Camp-X under construction - November 1941

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