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Gerald Johnson Dix

Military

Shot down 8 June 1944 in P-51B 43-7164. Prisoner of War (POW). He entered the AAF in 1940. Flew over 60 combat missions in New Guinea/ He went on to fly 70 missions in Europe including the longest combat flight ever made by a single engine fighter from England to Poland and back.

He was shot at on several occasions survived a bullet on D-Day, crash landed on one of his missions in Europe and became a Prisoner of War (POW) for 11 months. He became a full Colonel at the age of 27, was a Base Cmdr at Shaw AFB and later was an advisor to both the Royal Hellenic AF in Greece and to the Colorado Air National Guard in Denver.

POW/ DFC w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster. PH/Silver Star; Bronze Star Medal/ Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Clusters

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 358th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (355th Fighter Group)

Aircraft

  • 43-7164

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 358FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Rodeo to Bourdeaux, France. Strafed train and after 1st pass, engine showed signs of failing, oil pressure zero and smoking. A/C belly landed 8-Jun-44 - Pilot...

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Sullivan County, IN, USA 30 October 1917

Son of Porter J and Roxie [Johnson] Dix.

Enlisted Indiana, USA 1940
Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8, UK 1944

Promoted to Major.

Prisoner of War (POW) Frankfurt, Germany 8 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Aviliar Prison in Frankfurt, Germany.

Shot down Bordeaux, France 8 June 1944

Shot down on rodeo to Bourdeux, France. After strafing a train, engine showed signs of failure, belly landed P-51B 43-7164. 8-June-44. Prisoner of War (POW).

Buried Sumter County, SC, USA March 2011

Evergreen Memorial Park
Sumter
Sumter County
South Carolina, USA.

Died Sumter County, SC, USA 20 March 2011

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 June 2017 09:53:38 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- MACR 5750;
- Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
30 April 2016 20:03:14 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=7164
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Dix&GSfn=Gerald&GS...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:22 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

1996 355TH FG Assoc. Directory; Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45; MACR 5750 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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