M.436 First Officer   Lawrence Saville Dawson

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  b. 13 Jan 1908, Bradford 20 May 1941 to 8 Dec 1944 

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Father: Sir Benjamin Dawson, 1st Baronet (d. 1966)

Educated at Harrow

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m. 1932 to Alice [Hudson], 1 child before 1941

A Wool Merchant, (Joseph Dawson Cashmere Works, Bradford)

Address in 1941: Park House, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Yorks

Postings: 6FPP, 7FPP, 782 Sqn RAF

"a safe and reliable pilot who carries out his work in a conscientious manner and has proved a useful Class 5 (4-engine) pilot to this Unit." C.O. 7FPP, Oct-44

He wrote to the ATA on 10 Jan 1945: "I am very sorry I had to resign from ATA at my firm's request, and would like to take this opportunity of thanking you and all your officers for the help and consideration I received all over the country during the course of my duties as a ferry pilot.

If a further emergency arises, and you require my services again, I shall be very pleased if you will let me know, in which case I would do everything possible to come back."

The Yorkshire Post reported on him thus, in November 1955:

"Flew too low over sports field, fined

Prosecution witnesses at Bradford City Court yesterday claimed that a twin-engined aircraft flew over a Dudley Hill sports ground at 100 feet, frightening young children.

To this, Lawrence Saville Dawson (47), company director, Park House, Pool-in-Wharfedale, the pilot of the plane, said: “I should have hit mill chimneys and all sorts of things at 150 feet.”

Dawson, a war-time ferry pilot with 30 years flying experience, and director of Yeadon Aviation Ltd., was accused of flying over an “assembly of persons” at less than 1,000 feet. He was fined £5O and ordered to pay £5 costs.

Dawson told the Court that he appreciated the folly of low flying. He had been asked to fly over the works field on their sports day and did so at about 1,000 feet."

He owned Taylor Auster AOP5 G-ANID, which was written off after he crashed it at Stonor, Oxfordshire on 13 Feb 1958.

Lawrence became 2nd Baronet on his father's death in 1966.

d. 14 Aug 1974

buried St John Churchyard, Acaster Selby

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