Francis Truman Goodfellow DSC, RNVR
|Born ||8 Oct 1913||Poole, Dorset|
|Died ||14 Mar 1993||(79)|
|24 Mar 1941|| ||T/S.Lt.|
|24 Mar 1942|| ||T/Lt.|
Warship Commands listed for Francis Truman Goodfellow, RNVR
|HMS MTB 71 (MTB 71)||T/Lt.||Motor Torpedo Boat||10 Jul 1942||mid 1943|
|HMS MTB 685 (MTB 685)||T/Lt.||Motor Torpedo Boat||21 Jun 1943||Sep 1943|
|HMS MTB 702 (MTB 702)||T/Lt.||Motor Torpedo Boat||Sep 1943||mid 1945|
Lt. Francis Truman (Bob) Goodfellow DSC MWO (Poole, Dorset, 8 October 1913 - Hampshire, 14 March 1993) was appointed on 24 March 1942 in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (R.N.V.R.) as temporary Sub-Lieutenant. Later that year he was transferred to Motor Gun Boat 320 (MGB 320) and in 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat 702 (MTB 702).
It was on the MGB 320, on 4.30am on November 23 1941 and after several false starts, Lt. Bob Goodfellow, together with Mr Tazelaar, Mr Hazelhoff Roelfzema (The "Soldier of Orange"), and another Dutchman, Chris Krediet, started their spy raids on the Dutch Coast. After eight failed attempts, they landed a RNethN signalman in the lee of the pier at Scheveningen, Holland. This was close to the Palace Hotel which had been commandeered by the Germans for use as a headquarters. A further eight successful operations were conducted using this pinpoint during the winter of 1941-42 although on one occasion the reception team stayed too long on site and were arrested. For these actions Lt Goodfellow, together with the Dutchmen, was awarded the Militaire Willems-Orde (Dutch VC) by Queen Wilhelmina.
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