The success of operation THURSDAY was due in a very large measure to
the inspired leadership and example of Brigadier TULLOCH.
On the first night of the operation when a series of catastrophes
had been reported the cool confidence and imperturbability of this
officer filled all concerned with a determination to carry the
operation through regardless of losses.
When matters were doubtful
on the Southern field of CHOWRINGHEE, Brigadier TULLOCH did not
hesitate to pay a personal visit to this most exposed field to
ensure the success of this vital part of the operation.
Throughout the operation he gave a high example of personal courage
and readiness to take the risks which an operation of this hazardous
Prior to the operation he made several reconnaissance flights in
unescorted planes in areas dominated by fighter airfields. These
reconnaissance and his thorough and pains-taking work and personal
example of courage and confidence were a vital contribution to the
success of the operation.
In this also he was assisted by his intimate knowledge of air
logistics, derived over a long period of liaison with the R.A.F. and
his indefatigable and meticulous attention to detail.
He proved exactly the right combination of cool courage, wisdom, and
a complete grasp of the military realities. This combination of
qualities is rare in war and Special Force was most fortunate to
have his services during this most crucial and important operation.