William K Lawson

Military

Killed in Action (KIA), went on secret leaflet mission on 3 Jan 45, his plane was to make a run over Holland, participating in psychological warfare by dropping leaflets which included a holiday message from the Dutch Queen and reports of how the war had turned in favour of the Allies. The plane had a malfunction 5 minutes after takeoff and crashed in the village of Aston-Clinton and exploded on impact. All 10 crew members were killed. MACR 15974.

Awards: PH.

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  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 406th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 19151770 / O-775027
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

The nose art of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-52650) nicknamed "Cancer ?" of the 486th Bomb Group. The nose art was painted by the artist Phillip S Brinkman.
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Cancer
  • Unit: 406th Bomb Group 458th Bomb Group 486th Bomb Group 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy) 801st Bomb Group 406th Bomb Squadron 834th Bomb Squadron 835th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description
Oklahoma, USA

Died

Aston Clinton, UK 1945-01-03 Crashed Aston Clinton in B-24 42-52650 Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15974

Born

Puerto Rico 1925-11-22

Enlisted

Oklahoma City, OK, USA 1943-11-02

Buried

1604 C St SE, Ardmore, OK 73401, USA Rose Hill cemetery Ardmore Carter County Oklahoma

Based

Harrington 1945-01-03 Assigned to 406BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF.