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2nd Cousin - Queens Man's Pliers Saves Fort Landing With...
Queens Man's Pliers Saves Fort Landing With Live Bombs in Bay Mike Mahoney, a red-faced, redheaded bombardier, lay flat on his back in the bomb bay of a Flying Fortress. He held a pair of pliers tightly In one hand and some one held tightly onto Mlke'a pants. The pliers gripped several wires. Strung on those wires was a cluster of fragmentation bombs. The Fortress was landing and if those pliers slipped the big plane would go up again, in pieces. But Mike prayed a little and the chap holding his pants tight held on a little tighter and the Fortress landed in England wt'h scarcely a jar. That is how 2d Lt. Michael G. Mahoney of Queens became a hero while lying flat on his back for IS minutes, the War Department reported today. The bomber, dubbed Little Lass, was loaded with the bombs, which explode on impact. They were bound In clusters of six. with strips ot half-inch wire. Before they could be dropped small pins had to be pulled from a point where the wire ends joined to hold each cluster. Pulled the Pins Mahoney, bombardier on the plane, untied the bombs on the way to France by pulling' the pins. Th) Little Lass tailed to find her target and it became necessary to reinsert the pins for a safe journey back to England. But one of the pins proved to ba broken and the bombs could not bo jettisoned because the bomber was over England. So Mahoney crawled into the , bomb bay and hero's garments. Lieutenant Mahoney is a former model whose wife, Eileen, andpar ents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Jla honey, live at 118-47 220th St, feu Albans. A daughter, Bridget, four weeks old, awaits the lieutenant

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 20 Oct 1943, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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