Dent, Elliott Estill, Jr., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1949-1953, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1942 - 1953
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Contact Info
Home Town
Birmingham, Alabama
Last Address
Birmingham, Alabama

Date of Passing
Aug 28, 1993
Location of Interment
Elmwood Cemetery - Birmingham, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1961, American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was born in Saint Winifreds Freehold, Saint Mary's County, MD but lived most of his life in Birmingham, AL.
He was a 3 rank and 2 aircraft ace.  He shot down 1 enemy aircraft July 3, 1943 as a 2nd Lt., and 2 more Jan 23, 1944 as a 1st Lt., all flying a P-40.  He became an ace by shooting down 3 more on Nov 1, 1944 as a Capt.; but his P-38 was shot down by antiaircraft fire from a Japanese destroyer.  He was rescued and returned to his unit on November 14.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Air Corps) Elliott Estill Dent, Jr. (ASN: 0-794924), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-38 Fighter Airplane in the 7th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 1 November 1944, over Leyte, Philippine Islands. While on patrol, Captain Dent led his flight of four P-38 aircraft in an attack upon fifteen to twenty enemy fighters protecting a large Japanese convoy. As he was closing in on one of the enemy fighters, four others came out of the clouds and, though he had become separated from the rest of his flight and was alone, he immediately made a head-on pass at them. For fifteen to twenty minutes he battled them fiercely, firing short bursts at each fighter in turn. By skillful maneuvering he escaped their determined attacks and sent two of them crashing into the sea and a third into a mangrove swamp. He was pursuing the fourth enemy fighter when anti-aircraft fire from a Japanese destroyer shot out the right engine of his airplane and, with smoke billowing into the cockpit, he was forced to parachute into the water. Though he was in sight of Japanese ships, he managed to escape detection and was rescued that night. Captain Dent displayed outstanding gallantry, skill, and devotion to duty in pressing a lone attack against an enemy force so numerically superior. His unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Forces-Pacific, General Orders No. 49 (July 14, 1945)

Action Date: 1-Nov-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 7th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 49th Fighter Group

Division: 5th Air Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)49th Fighter Group7th Fighter Squadron  - Screamin' Demons
Alabama Air National GuardAir Force Reserve Command
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 49th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1056, 7th Fighter Squadron - Screamin' Demons
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 2554, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1946-1949, AAF MOS 1055, Alabama Air National Guard
  1949-1953, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Alabama
  1938-1942, University of Alabama
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk  P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1943-1944, P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk
  1944-1944, P-38 Lightning (Forked Tail Devil)
  1946-1949, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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