8 April 1944 — Haulerwijk, The Netherlands (Friesland)
There is a Memorial in Haulerwijk, The Netherlands, (Friesland) in memoriam of James B. Dickson, Lieutenant U. S. A. A.F., killed in action near the village 8 April 1944. Information about this memorial can be found on the Wikipedia page about Jim Bell Dickson. The article is completely in Dutch. An English translation includes the following information: The monument on cemetery 'Eikenhof' in Haulerwijk (municipality of Ooststellingwerf in the East) is a red brick memorial stone, with three Memorial plaques at the front of Vaurion natural stone. On the middle lauwertak is a bronze plaque attached. The memorial stone is placed on a red marble plateau. At the memorial are three flagpoles. The monument is 1 meter 64 high, about 6.5 feet wide and 13.8 inches deep. The text on the central plaque reads: "In Memoriam, James B. Dickson, Lieutenant USA A.F., d. 8 April 1944; Henri Pintaud, Chasseur Paratrooper Bigeard Francais, d. 8 April 1945. They gave their lives for the free". The monument reminds the inhabitants of Haulerwijk to the two killed allies. The story (about Jim Bell Dickson) associated with the monument reads: On 8 April 1944 there took place above and around Haulerwijk a heavy aerial combat between German and American hunters. An American unit was hit and exploded in the air. The pilot, James B. Dickson, was hurled outward with chair and all onto a piece of arable land (land that can be used for growing crops) and rightly between Haulerwijk Haule. 358th Fighter Squadron Lieutenant Dickson belonged to the 355th Fighter group, part of 65th Fighter Wing, U.S. 8th Air Force Fighter Command, stationed at Steeple Morden (Royal Air Force station Steeple Morden or more simply RAF Steeple Morden is a former Royal Air Force station located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west of Royston, Hertfordshire, England.) His Mustang was on the way back from an escort flight. On 11 April 1944 he was buried in the General Cemetery in Haulerwijk. After the war, Dickson was reburied in the United States at the request of the family.