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Britishmarker Sub-Lieutenant John Godwin, RNVR (died February 2, 1945) was brought up in Argentinamarker, and took part in a raid on Axis shipping near Haugesundmarker, north of Stavangermarker, Norwaymarker. His party managed to sink several ships using limpet mines, but he was eventually captured with the rest of his party, a commando sergeant, two Naval Petty Officers and three seamen. After spending some time in Grini concentration campmarker, they were sent to Sachsenhausen concentration campmarker, where contrary to the Geneva Convention they were forced to march thirty miles a day on cobbles testing army boots.

On February 2, 1945 they were led to execution. Godwin managed to wrestle the pistol of the firing party commander from his belt and shot him dead before being himself shot. No superior officer witnessed this act so a decoration could not be awarded, however his bravery was mentioned in dispatches (posthumously). The citation, in The London Gazette, 9th October 1945, read: "For great gallantry and inspiring example whilst a prisoner of war in German hands in Norway and afterwards at Sachsenhausen, near Oranienburg, Germany, 1942-1945".

Sources

  • CWGC entry
  • Foot & Langley 1979 MI9 - Escape and Evasion 1939 - 1945, London, Book Club Associates, London, 1979 pp. 154,155 ISBN 0-316-28840-3



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