Sub Lt John Godwin RNVR

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Post  Bob Pearson on Fri 14 May 2010 - 21:38

Does anyone have information on Sub Lt John (Joe) Godwin - died February 2, 1945 and his raid in Norway? He was involved with Operation Checkmate at Haugesund. He and his crew sunk several ships with limpet mines, but were eventually caught and sent to Grini and then on to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. The men were forced to take part in the infamous 'boot march' trials whereby the PoWs were forced marched thirty miles a day on cobbles testing army boots.

Godwin and his mates were then executed, but not before Godwin had snatched the gun away from the firing squad commander and killed him. Godwin was then shot dead.

I am aware of Macksey's book, 'Godwin's Saga', but wondered if there was any information about on the raid, the men and the ships that were sunk.

Cheers

Bob

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Re: Sub Lt John Godwin RNVR

Post  AltforNorge on Fri 14 May 2010 - 23:04

Read what Pete writes. He is also stating that he has more info:

http://www.commandoveterans.org/cdoForum/posts/list/832.page

"" Sub-Lieutenant John Godwin, RNVR (died February 2, 1945) took part in a raid on Axis shipping near Haugesund Norway . 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 prison camp , they were sent to Sachsenhausen concentration , 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." Mayor and Roe were transferred to Belsen Concentration Camp. Mayor was subsequently executed there whilst Roe died of Typhus.

Lawrence I will also private message you regarding this."

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Post  Bob Pearson on Fri 14 May 2010 - 23:08

Mange takk til Alt for Norge for mailen og informasjon.

Mvh

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Re: Sub Lt John Godwin RNVR

Post  AltforNorge on Fri 14 May 2010 - 23:10

AltforNorge wrote:Read what Pete writes. He is also stating that he has more info:

http://www.commandoveterans.org/cdoForum/posts/list/832.page

"" Sub-Lieutenant John Godwin, RNVR (died February 2, 1945) took part in a raid on Axis shipping near Haugesund Norway . 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 prison camp , they were sent to Sachsenhausen concentration , 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." Mayor and Roe were transferred to Belsen Concentration Camp. Mayor was subsequently executed there whilst Roe died of Typhus.

Lawrence I will also private message you regarding this."

There is also a photo of him

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