Dennis, Gene Alton, 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1952-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1944 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Marian, Indiana
Last Address
Kunsan AB, South Korea

Casualty Date
Sep 28, 1952
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Korean War FallenState of Ohio Korean War Memorial
  2014, Korean War Fallen
  2016, State of Ohio Korean War Memorial [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
459th Bombardment Group, HeavyFormal Schools and Training CoursesSchool AssignmentsUS Air Force
35th Fighter Group41st Fighter Squadron428th Fighter-Bomber Squadron - Buccaneers474th Fighter Group
US Air Force
  1944-1944, 459th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1950-1950, Primary Flight School
  1950-1951, Advanced Flight Training Course
  1951-1951, Luke Air Force Base
  1951-1951, 35th Fighter Group
  1951-1951, 41st Fighter Squadron
  1952-1952, 428th Fighter-Bomber Squadron - Buccaneers
  1952-1952, 474th Fighter Group
  1952-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II
  1950-1952 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Amherst CollegeUnited States Military Academy
  1944-1944, Amherst College
  1946-1950, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-84 Thunderjet  
  1950-1951, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1951-1951, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1952-1952, F-84 Thunderjet
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"USMA Class of 1950, First Lieutenant Dennis was the pilot of a F-84E Thunderjet fighter with the 428th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 474th Fighter Bomber Group. On September 28, 1952, while on a combat mission, his aircraft was shot down by a MiG-15. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial...Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll,

"Aircraft Type: F-84E, Tail Number: 51-592, Crewmembers Associated With This Loss: Dennis, Gene A 1Lt USAF MIA, Circumstances of Loss: Downed by MiG" Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary,

"After theater indoctrination flights, he began flying bombing and close air support sorties over North and South Korea. After completing 20 combat missions, he was selected to be a flight leader on his 21st flight and scheduled to lead four F-84s on a combat mission near Pyong Yang, North Korea. On that mission, he was shot down. No one in the flight observed a parachute..." Source:

Gene Alton Dennis was born in Tipton, Indiana. He was the son of Byron Leslie Dennis and Margaret Jane Beach and grew up in Indiana and Ohio, as his father moved frequently with his railroad job. Gene spent his senior year of high school at Memorial High School in St. Mary's, Ohio. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a Private on  June 19, 1944. He completed Basic Training at Kessler Army Field (AAF), Mississippi and as an Aviation Cadet began pilot training at Spence AAF, Georgia before resigning from the Aviation Cadet Program to to attend the USMA Preparatory Program at Amherst College, Massachusetts. He then went to Westover AAF, Massachusetts with the United Services Military Apprentice Program. Gene was accepted to the USMA in June of 1945, but due to academic difficulties left USMA to attend Sullivan Preparatory School. He reentered USMA in the Class of 1950. Sources:, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, and

"Name: Gene Alton Dennis
Birth Date: 27 Dec 1925
Gender: Male
Home City: Marion
Home State: Indiana
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 31 Dec 1953 (Note: Presumed dead date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty - Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Regular
Rank: First Lieutenant
Pay Grade: First Lieutenant"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,

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