Mahony, Grant, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 8th Fighter Group
Service Years
1939 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Vallejo, California
Last Address
McGuire Field, San Jose, Mindoro, Philippines

Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1945
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot J Row 4 Grave 26

 Official Badges 

AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II Fallen
  2013, World War II Fallen

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Senior Pilot Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School17th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor4th Composite GroupUS Air Force
76th Fighter Squadron23rd Fighter Group1st Air Commando GroupAir Force Bases/ Installations
8th Fighter Group
  1939-1940, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1940-1940, AAF MOS 770, 17th Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Composite Group
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 3rd Pursuit Squadron, Interceptor
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1055, 24th Pursuit Group, Interceptor
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1065, 76th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1055, 23rd Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 1st Air Commando Group
  1944-1944, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 1055, 8th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1943-1944 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of California, Berkeley
  1935-1939, University of California, Berkeley
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-35 Seversky  P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-51/F-51 Mustang  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  
  1941-1942, P-35 Seversky
  1941-1943, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang
  1945-1945, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was credited with destroying 5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. These were achieved at 3 different ranks in 3 different units.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Grant M. Mahony (ASN: 0-25233), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-40 Fighter Airplane in the 3d Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, FAR EAST Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10, 11, and 13 December 1941, during air missions over the Philippine Islands. First Lieutenant Mahony volunteered for a vital night mission in thick weather during a complete ground blackout. In the face of severed ground fire from strongly held positions, he secured information needed for a subsequently successful bombing attack on 10 December. On the following day, returning form a bombing mission near Legaspi in which he destroyed an enemy flying boat and strafed an enemy-held radio station, this pilot displayed exceptional courage in performing the highly dangerous feat of landing his plane with bombs hanging from an improperly functioning bomb release, in preference to bailing out. Again the following week, Lieutenant Mahony was flying over Legaspi at 13,000 feet when he encountered two Japanese pursuit planes. Suddenly his guns jammed, so he dived low with the Japanese on his tail. He realized he was helpless in the face of heavy machine gun fire, but observed that the Japanese were missing his plane and strafing their own troops. Lieutenant Mahony put his ship into a short climb, then drew the Japanese ships behind him again. This time he swooped right over the enemy ground troops and once more the enemy poured machine gun fire into their own men. First Lieutenant Mahony's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, General Orders No. 48 (1941)

Action Date: December 10, 11, & 13, 1941

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 3d Pursuit Squadron

Regiment: 24th Pursuit Group

Division: Far East Air Force

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