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Edmund Goddard, one of the heroes of a raid on the Tirpirtz, pictured (post war) at the Submarine Museum at Gosport before the only surviving X-craft Midget sub.
The gallantry medals awarded to one of the heroes of a daring raid on the Tirpitz who later escaped a Nazi death march have emerged for sale for £50,000.
Engine Room Artificer 4th Class Edmund Goddard was the helmsman of the midget submarine X6 which attacked the heavily protected battleship while it was docked in the Norwegian fjords.
They sneaked under the giant 820ft vessel and set off four depth charges, with the force of the explosion putting the 43,000 tonne Tirpitz 7ft out of action for six months.
Goddard, one of just six survivors from the raid, was captured and sent to a POW camp in Germany. He was later awarded the prestigious Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.