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Berliner-Joyce Y1P-16 31-503 Loss Dec 06 1932

From Aero Digest MARCH, 1933


Cheney Award for 1932 Announced
PVT. ARDEN M. FARLEY, of the 94th Pursuit Squadron at Selfridge Field,
Mich., has been designated the outstanding hero of Army Air Corps activities
for the year 1932 and will receive the Cheney Award, which is given annually
for "the outstanding act or acts of valour, self-sacrifice or extreme fortitude in a humanitarian interest in connection with flying." The award consists of a bronze plaque with the recipient's name engraved thereon, an engraved certificate describing the act and a substantial cash award.
Officers and enlisted men of the Air Corps or Air Corps Reserve are eligible
to receive it.
The act of valour for which the award was made occurred on December 6, 1932, near Pontiac, Mich. Private Farley was riding in the gunner's seat of a two-seater pursuit airplane, with 2nd Lieut. William H. Dum, Air Corps Reserve, at the pilot's controls. The plane was damaged in a forced landing. So hard was the impact that the streamlined head rest was crushed down on Private Farley's head, and he barely managed to escape from the wreckage. Flames broke out about the engine as he regained his feet.
Lieutenant Dum's head and shoulders were visible in the overturned cockpit,
but his parachute had jammed in the seat, preventing his escape. Farley, although injured, crept beneath the wreckage, unfastened the leg and chest straps of the lieutenant's parachute harness and struggled until the pilot was liberated.
Together they rose to their feet, ran from the airplane, which was ablaze, and
gained safety just before the fuel tanks exploded.
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