Thirty Seconds OVER TOKYO
Major Ted William Lawson ( March 7th, 1917 - January 19th, 1992 ) was born in Alameda ( California, United States ). He attended Los Angeles City College ( East Hollywood, L.A. ) in 1937 - 1938. In March 1940, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet, while a student studying aeronautical engineering by day and working nights in the drafting department of Douglas Aircraft Company. Ted W. Lawson received his pilot's wings and commission as a Second Lieutenant on November 15th, 1940.
In early 1942, First Lieutenant Lawson was flying antisubmarine patrols with the 17th Bomb Group out of Pendleton ( Oregon, United States ). He was accepted as a volunteer for the mission led by Lieutenant Colonel James Harold " Jimmy " Doolittle ( 1896 - 1993 ) to bomb Tokyo and several other cities in Japan. Launched from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet and after having bombed the target, Ted W. Lawson crashed his B - 25 Mitchell ( " The Ruptured Duck " ) off the coast of the small island of Nantien ( China ).
All five crew members survived the crash, but Ted W. Lawson was suffering from a compound fracture of the left leg, a lacerated left bicep and severe facial injuries. After both repatriation and medical care ( amputation of his injured leg and facial reconstruction ), he served as Liaison Officer at Santiago, Chile ( May 1943 - April 1944 ). Major Ted W. Lawson was retired from service on February 2nd, 1945. ( source : Wikipedia )