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Captain Tom O'Malley flying into the rescue of Lance Corporal Mathew Ford
A British helicopter pilot who performed one of the most daring rescues of the Afghanistan war is selling his gallantry medal to raise 100,000 pounds.
Captain Tom O'Malley flew his Apache chopper into a Taliban stronghold with two Royal Marines strapped to the side in a brave bid to save a fatally wounded comrade.
The pilot flew the gun ship at 60mph and just 20ft above the ground into the heavily defended Talban fort.
The two marines jumped down and rescued Royal Marine Lance Corporal Mathew Ford. Tragically he could not be saved from his injuries which had been caused by friendly fire.
Capt O'Malley's Distinguished Flying Cross is being sold by auctioneers Bosleys of Marlow, Bucks, tomorrow (Weds).