Lawson, Ted William, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 1081-Pilot, B-25
Last AFSC Group
USAAF
Primary Unit
1942-1942, M 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
Major

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fresno, California
Last Address
Chico, California

Date of Passing
Jan 19, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Chico Cemetery and Mausoleum - Chico, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the pilot in crew #7 on the Doolittle Raid. He was badly injured on crash landing in China and had to have his leg amputated. He served in non-combat assignments until he was medically retired Feb 2, 1945. He wrote the book "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" about his experiences. In 1944 it was made into a movie with actor Van Johnson playing his part.  

His DFC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Ted W. Lawson (ASN: 0-399540), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Pilot of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Lieutenant Lawson with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force

Crew No. 7 (Plane #40-2261, "The Ruptured Duck", target Tokyo) 95th Bomb Sq. L-R: Lt. Charles L. McClure, navigator; Lt. Ted W. Lawson, pilot; Lt. Robert S. Clever, bombardier; Lt. Dean Davenport, copilot; Sgt. David J. Thatcher, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Crew No. 7
 

  
   
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Sources:
http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1885
http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/lawson.htm
http://www.cieldegloire.com/batailles_tokyo_e07.php#1
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17824560
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=30258
http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-25/40-2261.html
https://www.ancestry.com/search/
   
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Pilot Badge


 
 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight School95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1940-1940, M 0273, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1942, M 1081, 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, M 1081, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, M 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1943-1945 World War II/American Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Los Angeles City College
  1935-1939, Los Angeles City College
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-25 Mitchell  
  1940-1941, B-18 Bolo
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
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