Jefferson D Dickson Jr

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Object Number - UPL 44314 - Jefferson Dickson Missing news article

He was born Jefferson Davis Dickson Jr., in Natchez, MS 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).


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A bomber crew of the 94th Bomb Group stand with their B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 42-30200) nicknamed "Slo Time Sally" and a bomb inscribed 'Special delivery to Hitler'. Inscription on bomb reads: 'Special delivery to Hitler, From Peggy of St. Louis.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16027649
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner


  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Naturals, Salty's Naturals
  • Unit: 94th Bomb Group 331st Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date Description


Natchez, MS 30 March 1896


Natchez, MS 28 July 1914 Enlisted in the Signal Corp in WWI


New York City 5 May 1942 Re-Enlist for WWII, was living in the Waldorf-Astoria NY


14 July 1943


Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 14 July 1943 Buried at: Plot A Row 1 Grave 41 Normandy American Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer, France


Killed in Action (KIA)

France 14 July 1943


Date13 Jan 2022 17:32:37
ChangesChanges to biography

Born in Mississippi not Missouri

Date7 Jul 2020 18:19:11
ChangesChanges to service number, biography, awards and events
Date27 Sep 2014 18:15:08
ChangesAAM 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

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