Emil J. Mahne was born on March 7, 1924. During World War II, he was a B-17 left waist gunner with the 327th Bomb Squadron, 92nd Bomb Group. On December 31, 1943, he and his crew took off from Podington Airfield (near Rushden, England) to bomb the Bordeaux-Merignac Airfield near Bordeaux, France. Just after their B-17 (#42-3186) dropped its bombs, it came under attack by German fighters. The fighters took out all four engines. Goldstein controlled the plane into a belly landing in a farm field near Bordeaux. All crew survived, but four were captured, including Sgt Mahne. The other six made it back to England with the help of French partisans.
Sgt Mahne died on January 21, 1982, at the age of 57. He is now buried in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Seville, Medina County, Ohio, USA.
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