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 William Robert Lawley, Jr

William Robert Lawley, Jr

Birth
Leeds, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Death 29 May 1999 (aged 78)
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Burial Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Plot Sec. 12, Veterans' Field of Honor
Memorial ID 7133527 · View Source
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World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a Colonel in the US Army Air Corps/US Air Force. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a First Lieutenant and as a Pilot of a B-17 in the 364th Bombardment Squdron, 305th Bombardment Group, 40th Combat Wing, 1st Air Division, 8th Air Force for action over Liepzig, Germany on February 20, 1944. His citation reads in part "Enemy fighters again attacked but by using masterful evasive action he managed to lose them. One engine again caught on fire and was extinguished by skillful flying. First Lt. Lawley remained at his post, refusing first aid until he collapsed from sheer exhaustion caused by loss of blood, shock, and the energy he had expended in keeping control of his plane. He was revived by the bombardier and again took over the controls. Coming over the English coast one engine ran out of gasoline and had to be feathered. Another engine started to burn and continued to do so until a successful crash landing was made on a small fighter base."

Bio by: Don Morfe


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 31 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7133527
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Robert Lawley, Jr (23 Aug 1920–29 May 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7133527, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .