Sergeant Patrick Joseph Desmond Mahoney

 

Unit : No.15 Flight, "F" Squadron, No.2 Wing, The Glider Pilot Regiment

Army No. : 858565

Awards : Mentioned in Despatches

 

Mahoney was wounded in the food and captured at the Regimental Aid Post at Oosterbeek on 20th September 1944. He was moved via Arnhem to the Summer Palace at Het Loo, and as soon as he could walk, took charge of the kitchen squad. He managed to obtain boots and clothes and, after the majority of the prisoners had been evacuated, began to plan escape with a British officer. An attempt to get out on 14th October failed, but on the night of 15th October Mahoney and two others lowered a fire-hose out of the window and climbed down. They crossed the wall and immediately found friends from whom they obtained directions. On 20th October Mahoney's journey back to Allied lines was arranged for him and he crossed the Rhine with a large evacuation party.

 

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