Story of war hero who survived suicidal midget sub attack on Germany's battleship

Mail Online | 9/21/1943 | Alexander Robertson For Mailonline
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The medals of a war hero who survived a suicidal raid on a German battleship and a notorious Nazi death march have emerged for sale for £50,000.

Artificer Edmund Goddard was on a midget submarine that sneaked under the fearsome ship the Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord to lay depth charges.

X6 - Sub - Germans - Crew

The X6 sub was spotted by the Germans who attacked and the four-man crew were quickly captured.

The men were on board the 43,000-tonne ship when it was lifted out of the water by the huge explosion they caused.

Men - Part - Raid - Midget - Submarines

Of the 12 men who took part in the raid in three midget submarines, six drowned and six were taken prisoner.

The survivors initially feared they would be summarily executed as at one point they were lined up in front of armed guards.

Enemy - Bravery

But they were to be well treated by the enemy who admired their bravery.

The Tirpitz, the sister ship to the Bismarck, was so badly damaged in the attack it was put out of action for six months, bringing relief to Allied convoys it had terrorised.

Goddard - PoW - Camp - Germany - Captivity

Goddard was sent to a PoW camp in Germany but escaped captivity during a notorious death march in April 1945.

He managed to avoid detection for over a week before swimming across a river to freedom.

Conspicuous - Gallantry - Medal - Part - Operation

The 23-year-old old was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for his part in Operation Source that took place in September 1943.

His medals have now been put up for sale with London auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb.

Nimrod - Dix - Chairman - Dix - Noonan

Nimrod Dix, deputy chairman of Dix Noonan Webb, said: 'We are delighted to be offering this prestigious Conspicuous Gallantry Medal that was awarded to 4th Class Edmund Goddard, helmsman of X6, for his heroic feats during the Second World War.

'The X6 was instrumental in the attack on the Tirpitz and its crew members were all taken prisoner and were being interrogated...
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