Staff Sergeant Medlin was a crew member aboard U.S. Army Air Corps B-17F Flying Fortress #42-30260, serving with the 385th Bomb Group, 548th Bomb Squadron.

While on a training flight out of Lewiston Army Airfield, the bomber experienced severe turbulence at 15,000 feet and an engine caught fire. Pilot, Lt. Roy Thompson ordered a bailout, but only one crew member escaped in time before the B-17 crashed, four miles south of West Yellowstone, Montana.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 29 June 1923
  • Date of death: 23 May 1943
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 385th Bomber Group, 548th Bomber Squadron
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
  • Contact us to sponsor Lawrence W. Medlin

Image Gallery

Click a thumbnail below to view at full size.

Submit more information on this veteran →