|Francis (Frankie) R. Lawrence|
|Corporal Frankie Lawrence is spending a three-day pass at the home of his mother, Mrs. F. Lawrence. He has, as his guest, Sergeant Jerry Hendrickson of Pasadena, CA.|
|CPL. FRANK LAWRENCE
Corporal Frank Lawrence has arrived in England, according to word received by his mother, Mrs. S. Lawrence, 135 1/2 Chippewa Street.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 7, 1942 and received his training at Amarillo, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Rapid City, SD; and Lincoln, NE. He received his gunner's wings at Las Vegas.
He is now a gunner on a Flying Fortress.
|S/Sgt. F. Lawrence Gets Second Cluster|
|AN EIGHTH AIR
FORCE BOMBER STATION, England—Staff Sergeant Francis R. Lawrence, 21, of
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, tail gunner of Achtung Adolf, a B-17
Flying Fortress of the 452nd Bombardment Group, has been awarded a
second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for "meritorious
achievement," while taking part in Eighth Air Force bombing attacks
on vital German industrial targets and on Nazi military strong points,
in support of advances by Allied ground forces. The presentation was
made by Lieutenant Colonel Burnham L. Batson of Manchester, CT, Group
Sergeant Lawrence is a member of the Third Bombardment Division, which was cited by the President for its historic England-to-Africa shuttle bombing of Messerschmidt aircraft factories at Regensburg, Germany.
Flying in what is considered the toughest theater of aerial warfare, he has helped his bomber fight its way through severe enemy opposition to attack such objectives as the marshalling yards at Ludwigsshaven and synthetic oil refineries at Merseburg, Germany.
The son of Mrs. Sabina Lawrence, 135 1/2 Chippewa Street, Eau Claire, he entered the Army Air Forces in December 1942.
|Flying Fortress Tail Gunner Completes 225 Combat Hours|
AN EIGHTH AIR FORCE BOMBER STATION, England—Shown above is Staff Sergeant Francis R. Lawrence, 21, of Eau Claire, tail gunner on the Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress, Achtung Adolf. He has passed a milestone in his flying career, completing over 225 combat hours, traversing approximately 33,000 miles. He has helped his bomber fight its way through severe enemy opposition to drop more than 150,000 pounds of high explosives on Nazi industrial and military installations deep in Germany.
Sergeant Lawrence, who has been awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters for "meritorious achievement," is a member of the 452nd Bomb Group, a unit of the Third Air Division—the division cited by the President for its now historic England-Africa shuttle bombing of Messerschmitt aircraft plants at Regensburg, Germany.
The Wisconsin gunner considers an Army Air Forces assault on synthetic oil refineries at Merseburg, Germany as his toughest mission.
"Bursting flak against our plane sounded like rain on a tin roof," related Sergeant Lawrence. "One of the right-hand engines was knocked out, and the bomber itself looked like a piece of Swiss cheese. I don't think the plane would have made good scrap, but she brought us all the way back to our base and earned herself a warm spot in the heart of every man on the crew."
The son of Mrs. Sabina Lawrence of 135 1/2 Chippewa Street, Eau Claire, he entered the Army Air Forces on December 7, 1942 and received his training at Amarillo, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Rapid City, SD; and Lincoln, NE. He received his gunner's wings at Las Vegas.