Dille, John Adams, Jr., 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
1952-1952, 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing
Service Years
1950 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
First Lieutenant

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Roanoke, Virginia
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 13, 1952
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korean War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Burial Park - Roanoke City, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 1, Lot 149

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Korean War Fallen
  2014, Korean War Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)US Air Force44th Fighter-Bomber Squadron8th Fighter-Bomber Group
36th Fighter-Bomber Squadron18th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1945-1945, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1950-1950, Goodfellow Air Force Base
  1952-1952, 44th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1952-1952, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group
  1952-1952, 36th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1952-1952, 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military InstituteAmherst CollegeUnited States Military Academy
  1944-1945, Virginia Military Institute
  1945-1946, Amherst College
  1946-1950, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  
  1951-1952, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"USMA Class of 1950, First Lieutenant Dille was a member of the 44th Fighter Bomber Squadron, U.S. Air Force in Korea. He was killed when his aircraft crashed on April 13, 1952...Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll, http://www.abmc.gov

"...He was on a ferry flight from K-13 to Itazuke, Japan, when he crashed on approach." Source: http://www.koreanwar.org

Aircraft Type: F-80C, Tail Number: 49-1859, 8th Ftr-Bmr Gp, 36th Ftr-Bmbr Sq, Crewmembers Associated With The Loss: Dille, Jr. John A Capt USAF RCV, Circumstances of the Loss: Ferry flight from K-13 to Itazuke AB, Japan, overcast, crashed into hill 8 mi SSE of airfield on approach to Itazuke." Source: Korwald Loss Incident Summary, http://www.dtic.mil

Note: The Korwald Loss Incident Summary reflects his rank as "Capt," though all other sources reflect First Lieutenant.
John Adams Dille, Jr. was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, but the family moved to Roanoke, Virginia, which became his hometown. He graduated from Jefferson High School in June of 1944 and entered Virginia Military Institute (VMI). After one year at VMI he entered the Army Air Corps in 1945, went to basic training, then was assigned to the USMA Preparatory School at Amherst College. He married his high school sweetheart in the cadet chapel on graduation day. Shortly after their marriage they were living in San Angelo, Texas, likely while he attended flight school. Sources: http://www.usma1950.com, http://www.koreanwar-educator.org & http://trees.ancestry.com
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