Killed in Action (KIA) - DNB
Lawrence flew thirteen missions in a B-24 where he was top turret and tail gunner. They switched to B-17’s where he was killed on a training mission when two B-17’s collided. The story of the crash is described in the book, "Eighth Air Force Bomber Stories" (Haynes Publishing). It tells the story of the crash, lists those who died and has the results of the board of inquiry. Pictures of the wreckage are found and comments of the locals are included.
Lawrence was 25 years old when he died. He was survived by his wife, Mary Katherine and his 5 year old son, Larry Lee.
Units served with
The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...
Military site : airfield
Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...