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CPO William G. Barnett DSM
Location of story: 
Off the Spanish coast
Background to story: 
Royal Navy
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Contributed on: 
07 August 2005

My dad was a replacement Petty Officer engineer on the submarine HMS Seraph when it went on the mission made famous in the film “The Man Who never Was”. In April 1943 the body of a supposed Royal Naval Officer was released from the submarine off the coast of Spain. (Operation Mincemeat) He had a briefcase handcuffed to him and in it were false Allied plans to invade Sardinia and Greece. This mission was so successful as a decoy that it enabled the Allies to save thousands of Allied lives with the D Day landings in Southern Europe and Sicily. After that mission dad went back to HMS Unison.

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