Died Aug. 22, 1964.
Lawrence Frederic Loesch was born in Meadville, Pa., in 1916. He graduated from Meadville High School in 1934 and attended the University of Vermont and Allegheny College. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Allegheny College in 1939. During college and for one year following graduation he was associated with the firm of Gelvin, Jackson, and Starr, Real Estate, Bond and Insurance Brokers.
In 1940 General Loesch joined the Flying Cadet Program and received a commission as pilot, second lieutenant in 1941. While assigned to the 3rd Bomb Group (Heavy) in Panama, flying B-17s and B-18s, he was in an aircraft accident and was hospitalized from Dec. 23, 1941 to December 1942 suffering from multiple injuries. He returned to flying status following convalescence and entered the Martin B-26 Program at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., as a training officer.
During World War II he commanded the 574th Bomb Squadron (Medium) of the 9th Air Force which served in England, France and Germany. During this period he was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters for extraordinary bravery and achievement throughout a period of long and arduous combat missions over heavily defended enemy territory.
Subsequent to World War II he was assigned to various command and training positions in Air Training Command and graduated from the Air Command Staff School, Air University, in 1949 and the Royal Air Force Staff College, Andover, England, in 1952.
He was assigned as Director of Maintenance at Burtonwood Air Depot, England, from 1952 to 1954. From 1954 to 1959 his assignments were in the Pentagon as secretary of the Air Staff for three years and executive officer to General Curtis E. LeMay, vice chief of staff for two years.
In 1959 he was assigned as assistant for programming, Headquarters Mobile Air Materiel Area, Brookley Air Force Base. He was deputy commander, Headquarters Mobile Air Materiel Area from March 1960 to July 1962.
He was assigned as director, Maintenance Engineering, Deputy Chief of Staff/Supply and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force in July 1962 and in January 1964 he was assigned as Director of Supply and Services, Deputy Chief of Staff/Supply and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Loesch's permanent residence is Pass Christian, Miss.
He has command pilot rating and flies both reciprocating and jet type aircraft.