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  1. From the History Channel The remains found at a crash site in Hohenturn, Austria, could be those of Captain Lawrence E. Dickson, who disappeared in his P-51 Mustang on 23 December 1944, during his 68th combat mission with the 100th Fighter Squadron. The US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency emphasize that they are still testing the remains but there is circumstantial evidence that this is the site where Captain Dickson crashed. Lawrence Dickson was born in South Carolina on 1 January 1920. He was decorated multiple times during his service, earning the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart among others. The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency emphasizes that it is still testing the remains found at the crash site to determine if they are Dickson's. But circumstantial evidence has offered hope for his daughter, Marla L. Andrews (Phyllis Dickson passed away in December 2017). The crash site in Hohenthurn is a few miles away from where his plane was last seen in Italy, and contains plane debris consistent with a P-51, the plane Dickson was flying. In addition, German records report that a P-51 plane crashed at that site the day that Dickson disappeared. The details of Dickson's service are illustrative of the bravery and perseverance Tuskegee Airmen displayed while fighting a war for a country that actively devalued them. Dickson was on his 68th mission for the U.S. Army Air Forces, a precursor to the Air Force, when his P-51 Mustang went down. If Dickson were white, he would have already qualified for R&R leave (a “rest and recuperation†break) after his 50th mission. But as a black pilot, he was still short of the 70 missions needed before he could take some R&R.
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