Operation Mallard (i)

'Mallard' (i) was a British operation by the Special Operations Executive to establish radio contact and build a resistance organisation in the area just to the north of Bergen in German-occupied Norway (7 April/30 May 1942).

A two-man Norwegian party (E. Marthinsson and C. F. Aall) was delivered by sea, and the two men eventually managed to make contact with the resistance movement in Bergen. On 30 May and on the basis of information provided by a traitor, the Gestapo captured the two SOE men who, together with E. Hvaal, were shot.

The capture of the 'Mallard' (i), 'Penguin' and 'Anchor' agents led to a series of additional seizures in the Bergen area and severely damaged the local resistance groups.