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Erwin Bernard Lawrence



Units served with

  • 332nd Fighter Group

    332nd Fighter 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. ...

  • 99th Fighter Squadron

    99th Fighter Squadron

    The 99th was originally formed as the Army Air Force's first African American fighter squadron, then known the 99th Pursuit Squadron. The personnel received their initial flight training at Tuskegee, Alabama earning them the nickname Tuskegee Airmen....

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Event Location Date
Born Charleston, SC, USA June 1919
Died Attica, Greece 4 October 1944

Captain Lawrence, commander of the 99th Fighter Squadron, died a hero's death as he attacked a German airfield. He was one of sixty-six Tuskegee Airmen to give their last full measure of devotion to their race and country. He was one of 300 Black GI's who graduated from the fighter pilots training at the Tuskegee Army Airbase in Tuskegee, Alabama, forming what became popularly known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Buried 1945

Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Città Metropolitana di Firenze
Toscana, Italy
Plot: Plot C, Row #3, Grave #42


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