Lawson, Ted William, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1081-Pilot, B-25
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
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 Associations and Other Affiliations
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
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  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium

First Lieutenant
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- / 1941
To Month/Year
February / 1942
Unit
95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium Unit Page
Rank
First Lieutenant
MOS
AAF MOS 1081-Pilot, B-25
Location
McChord Field, WA: Pendleton Field, OR.
Country/State
Oregon
   
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 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium Details

95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
Type
Combat - Bomber Units
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
Bombardment Units
Strength
Air Squadron
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Apr 17, 2020
   
   
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32 Members Also There at Same Time
95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium

Jones, David Mudgett, Maj Gen, (1930-1973) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Captain
Gray, Robert Manning, Capt, (1940-1942) A23 AAF MOS 1081 First Lieutenant
Hallmark, Dean Edward, 1st Lt, (1940-1942) A23 AAF MOS 1081 First Lieutenant
Holstrom, Everett Wayne, Brig Gen, (1934-1969) A23 AAF MOS 1081 First Lieutenant
Meder, Robert John, 1st Lt, (1940-1943) A23 AAF MOS 1081 First Lieutenant
Davenport, Dean, Col, (1941-1967) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Second Lieutenant
Manch, Jacob Earl, Lt Col, (1940-1958) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Second Lieutenant
Wilder, Rodney Ross, Col, (1940-1962) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Second Lieutenant
Youngblood, Lucian Nevelson, Maj, (1936-1949) A23 AAF MOS 1081 Second Lieutenant
York, Edward Joseph, Col, (1930-1966) A23 AAF MOS 1060 [Other Service Rank]
Greening, Charles Ross, Col, (1936-1957) A23 AAF MOS 1082 Major
Reddy, Kenneth Eugene, 1st Lt, (1940-1942) A23 AAF MOS 1082 First Lieutenant
Potter, Henry Alpheous, Col, (1940-1970) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Captain
Schultz, Kenneth Walter, Lt Gen, (1942-1975) A16 AAF MOS 2161 Captain
McGurl, Eugene Francis, 1st Lt, (1941-1942) A08 AAF MOS 1034 First Lieutenant
Truelove, Denver Vernon, Capt, (1940-1943) A08 AAF MOS 1035 First Lieutenant
Clever, Robert Stevenson, 1st Lt, (1941-1942) A08 AAF MOS 1035 Second Lieutenant
McClure, Charles Lee, Capt, (1940-1945) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Second Lieutenant
McCool, Harry Clayton, Lt Col, (1940-1968) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Second Lieutenant
Nielsen, Chase Jay, Lt Col, (1939-1961) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Second Lieutenant
Ozuk, Charles John, Capt, (1939-1945) A08 AAF MOS 1034 Second Lieutenant
Kennedy, Thomas, CMSgt, (1940-1962) A07 AAF MOS 2750 Staff Sergeant
Laban, Theodore H., MSgt, (1935-1956) A07 AAF MOS 737 Staff Sergeant
Dieter, William John, SSgt, (1936-1942) A07 AAF MOS 509 Sergeant
Fitzmaurice, Donald E., Sgt, (1940-1942) A07 AAF MOS 748 Sergeant
Kennedy, Thomas, CMSgt, (1940-1962) A07 AAF MOS 748 Sergeant
Kennedy, Thomas, CMSgt, (1940-1962) A07 AAF MOS 748 Sergeant
Kennedy, Thomas, CMSgt, (1940-1962) A07 AAF MOS 748 Sergeant
Manske, Joseph William, Col, (1939-1973) A07 AAF MOS 737 Sergeant
Pohl, David William, 1st Lt, (1940-1947) A07 AAF MOS 737 Sergeant
Stephens, Robert James, FltOff, (1939-1944) A07 AAF MOS 509 Sergeant
Thatcher, David Jonathan, SSgt, (1940-1945) A07 AAF MOS 737 Sergeant
Faktor, Leland Dale, Cpl, (1940-1942) A01 AAF MOS 747 Corporal
Jordan, Bert Mervin, CMSgt, (1939-1969) A07 AAF MOS 748 Corporal

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