Lawson, Ted William, Maj

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Last Rank
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
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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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Specifications (B-18A)

General characteristics

* Crew: 6
* Length: 57 ft 10 in (17.6 m)
* Wingspan: 89 ft 6 in (27.3 m)
* Height: 15 ft 2 in (4.6 m)
* Wing area: 959 ft (89.1 m)
* Empty weight: 16,321 lb (7,400 kg)
* Loaded weight: 22,123 lb (10,030 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 27,500 lb (12,600 kg)
* Powerplant: 2 Wright R-1820-53 radial engines, 1,000 hp (750 kW) each


* Maximum speed: 215 mph (197 knots, 346 km/h)
* Combat range: 999 nm (1,150 mi, 1,850 km))
* Ferry range: 1,800 nm (2,100 mi, 3,400 km)
* Service ceiling 23,900 ft (7,280 m)
* Rate of climb: 1,030 ft/min (5.2 m/s)
* Wing loading: 23.1 lb/ft (113 kg/m)
* Power/mass: 0.09 hp/lb (150 W/kg)


* Guns: 3 .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns
* Bombs: 4,500 lb (2,200 kg)

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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2013
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