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MA19: Maritime Sale

A WWII Group of Five To Sub Lieut Donald Craig RNVR

Auction Lot MA19/252

A WWII group of five to Sub Lieut Donald Craig RNVR, comprising General Service Medal with 'Palestine' bar, 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence Medal and War Medal with oakleaf, together with an enamel 'Special Service Brigade' shield shaped badge, a 'VI Commando' black and white shoulder badge and service related documentation, including a letter dated 18th November 1942 from the British legion, Stockholm, congratulating Craig on his escape.

A WWII Group of Five To Sub Lieut Donald Craig RNVR (MA19/252) offered in our Maritime Auction starting on 14th August 2019 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

A WWII group of five to Sub Lieut Donald Craig RNVR, comprising General Service Medal with 'Palestine' bar, 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Defence Medal and War Medal with oakleaf, together with an enamel 'Special Service Brigade' shield shaped badge, a 'VI Commando' black and white shoulder badge and service related documentation, including a letter dated 18th November 1942 from the British legion, Stockholm, congratulating Craig on his escape.

Notes

- Donald Craig was born in Wadebridge, Cornwall in 1913 and emigrated to Canada with his family around 1920.in 1933 he returned to England and joined the Royal Engineers seeing action in the Atlantic and Palestine. As a qualified diver in 1941 he transferred to the Special Service Brigade (Special Boat Service) and in 1942 was part of Operation Title using manned torpedo 'chariots' to attack the German battleship Tirpitz in Asenfjord, Norway. After the chariots were lost during a storm on the 31st October, the raid was called off. The fishing boat Arthur which was used to tow the chariots was then scuttled at Breidvik and nine of the team members reached Sweden. One member was captured by the Germans and later shot as a spy. The operation was the inspiration behind the film 'Above Us the Waves' and the later Operation Source X-craft midget submarine attacks on the Tirpitz. After the war Donald Craig was commissioned to the RNVR MFU Training taking command of HMS Varbel.

Price Realised

£11,000

Department

Maritime and Sporting

Fine Art Category

Maritime Collectables

Sale Information

MA19: Maritime Sale
Wednesday, 14th August 2019
Okehampton Street, Exeter

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