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He was trapped. His B-24 bomber was hit, plummeting toward the German soil below, and Cecil “Cotton” Bolick was pinned to the side of the plane by the sheer force of the spin. When the blow occurred, he had pulled the cable beneath his seat, freeing him from the plane’s top turret where he was stationed as a gunner.
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Office of University Communications, "A Memorial Day Memory" (2011). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 2086.