Veterans' Memorial Project

Elmer Austin Dixon

Champaign, IL

World War II

College: Engineering

Graduation Year: 1938

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Date of Birth: 09/28/1913

Date of Death: 07/10/1945

Affiliations: Tau Nu Tau

Lt. Col. Dixon served with the 40th Bomber Squadron, 6th Bomber Group, Very Heavy. He was commander of a B-29 squadron based in the Marianas and killed in action over Shimonosiki Straits, Japan. One of the first flying cadets to enlist from the local area, Colonel Dixon began flight training in March, 1939 and served for 3 years in the Caribbean, much of the time as commander of a B-24 squadron. He took B-29 training at Grand Island and Kearney, Nebraska and went overseas in February, 1945. He is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart.

-submitted by Doug Dixon, nephew; information taken from Illinois Alumni News, June, 1946, and Web site above

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