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The incredible bravery of a civilian who spent five hours pumping 500 gallons of highly inflammable oil out of a storage well that had been penetrated by a wartime bomb has emerged.<br />
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William Mason was fully aware the 500lb German timebomb could go off at any moment as he worked alone to remove the creosote oil from the vat.<br />
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Within 25 minutes of Mr Mason completing the task the device went off, demolishing the pump-house at the refinery in Salford, Greater Manchester.<br />
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Without his heroics, the blast would have wiped out property in the immediate area.<br />
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Mr Mason's George Medal has now emerged for sale at auction.