11 March 2019
A medal group awarded to the sailor of an X-Craft has been sold at auction.
The medals awarded to Edmund Goddard for his part in the attack on the German pocket battleship, the Tirpitz, have been sold at DNW.
The unique Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM) for the attack on the Tirpitz sold for £84,000 at Dix Noonan Webb, in the auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria on Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28, 2019. It was awarded to Edmund ‘Eddie’ Goddard and was estimated to fetch £40,000-£50,000.
Nimrod Dix, Deputy Chairman of Dix Noonan Webb and Director of the Medal Dept) commented, “This was the only CGM awarded for the attack on the Tirpitz, and one of only two ever awarded for X-craft.”
Also in the sale was the highly important Great War ‘Airships’ AFC (Air Force Cross) group of 10 which had been awarded to Air Chief Marshal The Honourable Sir Ralph ‘Cocky’ Cochrane, [GBE, KCB] Royal Naval Air Service and RAF and sold for £20,400. Cochrane had worked with Barnes Wallis during the Great War, flying his experimental airships and testing the world’s first airship mooring mast, which Wallis had designed. He later became AOC (Air Officer Commanding) No. 5 (Bomber) Group, February 1943 operations of the war. Just two days after being installed as AOC No. 5 Group, Cochrane was tasked by ‘Bomber’ Harris with the planning of Operation Chastise – the Dambusters raid. Later on, Cochrane worked with Willie Tait, and together they masterminded the eventual sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz in 1944.
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