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Lawrence E Dickson

Military

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.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH.

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 memorialised on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery in Impruneta, Italy.

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

Aircraft

  • 44-15144 Peggin

    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. ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born South Carolina, USA 1 January 1920
Lived in New York, NY, USA 1941
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 4 August 1942
Based Ramitelli 1944 – 23 December 1944

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

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

Failed to Return (FTR) recon mission to Praha (Prague), Czechoslovakia, engine failure prompted bail out KIA. 23-Dec-44 MACR 10734.

Buried Florence American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Tablets of the Missing
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Florence
Città Metropolitana di Firenze
Toscana, Italy

Remains recovered Austria 27 July 2018
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 22 March 2019

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 July 2019 09:28:10 Emily Changes to events
Sources

POWMIA Accounting

Date Contributor Update
09 February 2019 19:35:30 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

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

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2017 18:20:50 Bombay Changes to awards
Sources

https://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd...

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2017 18:17:41 Bombay Changes to biography and events
Sources

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe6eEAC

Date Contributor Update
15 January 2017 22:59:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28719878
https://www.fold3.com/page/529868560_lawrence_e%20dickson/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56363220

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