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Admiral Gordon Campbell.<br />
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The Victoria Cross won by a Royal Navy captain who deliberately allowed his ship to be torpedoed so he could lure a German U-boat close enough to sink it has sold for a world record £840,000 today.<br />
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After HMS Farnborough had been struck and badly damaged, Vice Admiral Gordon Campbell told some of his crew to look panicked and abandon ship.<br />
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The German captain of U-83 observed the 'emergency' through his periscope and steered the submarine to within 30ft of the ship to finish it off and pick up any survivors.<br />
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At that moment Admiral Campbell gave the order for his remaining crew to open up the ship's hidden guns, firing off 45 shells at point black range.<br />
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The officer's VC were sold by auctioneers Morton and Eden.