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Jefferson D Dickson Jr


He was born Jefferson Davis Dickson Jr., in Natchez, MO but he made a name for himself in the boxing world outside of the United States.

After serving in World War I as a photographer, Dickson remained in France and in 1924 he began promoting fights. He would eventually become the owner of the famed Palais De Sport in Paris, which hosted numerous title fights.

He is credited with building heavyweight champion Primo Carnera and also promoted Hall of Famers Young Stribling and Len Harvey. Dickson also promoted other sporting events, including figure skating, bike races, hockey, bullfighting and wrestling. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a promoter in 2000.

In 1943, Capt. Jeff Dickson was reported lost in action over Germany while serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

Collided with E/A 14 July 1943 in B-17 #423331 'Salty's Naturals. ' Killed in Action (KIA).



  • Francis Santangelo

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Killed in action when his B-17 (Serial Number 42-3331) "Salty's Naturals" crashed near Evreux after colliding with an enemy FW 190 on a mission to Le Bourget on 14 July 1943. ...

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Units served with

  • 4th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Part of 94th Bomb Group.


  • 42-3331 Naturals, Salty's Naturals

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 11/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-Z] Earls Colne 5/6/43; Rougham 13/6/43 as "NATURALS"; Missing on mission to Le Bourget, France 14/7/43 with Ed Purdy, Carroll Harris, Navigator: Chas Lichtenberger, Bombardier: Ed Jones,...


Event Location Date
Born Natchez, MS 30 March 1896
Enlisted Natchez, MS 28 July 1914

Enlisted in the Signal Corp in WWI

Enlisted New York City 5 May 1942

Re-Enlist for WWII, was living in the Waldorf-Astoria NY

Killed in Action (KIA) France 14 July 1943
Died 14 July 1943
Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 14 July 1943

Buried at: Plot A Row 1 Grave 41
Normandy American Cemetery
Colleville-sur-Mer, France


Date Contributor Update
07 July 2020 18:19:11 JPutnam Changes to service number, biography, awards and events

Grand Nephew Jefferson Dickson Putnam research.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:08 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 116 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database