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Lawrence M. Delancey,0-41351, Army Air Forces, United
States Army, for gallantry in action while serving as a pilot of a B-17
bomber on a mission over Germany 15 October 1944.
Immediately after bombs away Lt. Delancey's aircraft was hit by
flak. A shell pierced the chin turret and exploded in the nose,
killing the bombardier and destroying practically all the
instruments. The entire nose section was shorn off and all that
remained was a tangled mass of instruments, wires and sheet metal.
With the oxygen equipment ruined and a sub-zero gale rushing through the
plane, Lt. Delancey descended to a lower altitude and headed out of
enemy territory. Flying at reduced speed and unable to take proper
protective measures with his off-balanced plane, he was subjected to
every conceivable type of ground fire. By sheer determination and
tenacity he managed to bring the battered aircraft over the home
base. Without proper brakes Lt. Delancey climaxed this miraculous
feat of flying skill and ability by accomplishing a safe landing.
His actions under conditions which would have caused a less courageous
pilot to abandon his aircraft are in keeping with the finest traditions
of the Army Air Forces. Entered the military service from Oregon.