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44-15144

P-51 Mustang

Assigned to 100FS, 332FG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) recon mission to Praha, Yugoslavia engine failure prompted bale out pilot Capt Lawrence E Dickson Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 10734.

On July 27, 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains of Captain Lawrence E. Dickson, missing from World War II.

Captain Dickson was a Tuskegee Airman who entered the U.S. Army Air Forces from New York and served with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group. On December 23, 1944, he piloted a P-51 Mustang (serial number 44-15144) on a reconnaissance mission over Praha, Czechoslovakia. On his return flight, his aircraft developed engine trouble and crashed near Hohenthurn, Austria. CPT Dickson had attempted to bail out of the aircraft but was killed in the incident, and his remains could not be recovered immediately following his loss. Further attempts following the war to recover them were also unsuccessful. In 2017, DPAA was able to accurately locate CPT Dickson's crash site and recover his remains, and laboratory analyses later confirmed the identification.

Captain Dickson is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery in Impruneta, Italy.

Service

Units

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 332nd Fighter Group

    332nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The United States entered World War II with a military that was segregated by race and remained segregated until 1948. War Department planners generally placed White and African-American Army personnel in separate units during World War II. ...

  • 100th Fighter Squadron

    100th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    Established in February 1942 at Tuskegee Army Airfield, Alabama to train African-American flight cadets graduated from the Tuskegee Institute Army contract flying school. At Tuskegee, the squadron performed advanced combat flying training. As the...

People

  • Lawrence Dickson

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 332nd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 100FS, 332FG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) recon mission to Praha (Prague), Czechoslovakia, engine failure prompted bale out Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44 MACR 10734. ...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Inglewood, CA, USA 1944

Built at North American.

Assigned 86042 Ramitelli CB, Italy 1944

Assigned to 100FS, 332FG, 15AF USAAF.

Crashed 31100 Treviso, Province of Treviso, Italy 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) recon mission to Praha, Yugoslavia engine failure prompted bale out KIA. MACR 10734.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2019 16:09:49 alexwall20 Changes to description
Sources

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe6eEAC

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2017 19:45:34 Al_Skiff Changes to description
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Date Contributor Update
15 January 2017 19:43:24 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/28719878

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