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Robert James Dixon

Military

Served in 3 wars: WW II, Korean and Vietnam
In 1941 he entered pilot training in the RCAF and in November 1942 was commissioned a pilot officer (2nd Lieutenant). He then graduated with a navigator rating from the RCAF Astro Navigation School. After completing Spitfire training at Dyce, Scotland, he was assigned to the 541 Sqn RAF a Photo Recon Squadron at RAF Benson, England. Transferred to USAAF September 1943, assigned to 14PRS, 7PRG,8AF. In 1944 Dixon assumed command of the 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. He flew mostly 'alone and unarmed' for the 14thPRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF and on 14-2-45 flew an escorted recon mission to photograph oil refineries at Leipzig/Dresden, was hit by AA and lost engine on fourth run at 10,000ft, bailed out and taken POW, A/C was Spitfire XI PL866 ,with the escort provided by 362nd FG. 14-2-45. MACR 12324.

DSC/DSM with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster/Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster/, DFC,.Bronze Star/, Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Cluster/Purple Hearth/ British Dist FC and French Croix d' officier de la Legion D' honneur. His last position in service was as Commander of Tactical Air Command

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. ...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Group
    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

  • 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron

Aircraft

  • PL-866

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire PL866 PR Mk XI, Built at Aldermaston. ...

Missions

Associated Place

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, NY, USA 9 April 1920

New York City, NY, USA.

Pilot Training RCAF Canada 1941

Entered pilot training in the RCAF.

Enlisted New York, NY, USA 8 June 1941

Enlisted New York City, NY,USA. 8-6-41.

Graduated Canada 1942

Graduated, navigator rating from RCAF Astro Navigation School.

Commissioned P/O November 1942

Commissioned pilot officer, equivalent to 2nd Lieutenant.

Assigned Royal Air Force Station, Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 6AB, UK 1943

Assigned to the 541 Sqn RAF a Photo Recon Squadron at RAF Benson.

Transferred to USAAF September 1943

Transferred to USAAF September 1943, assigned to 14th PRS, 7th PRG, 8th AF.

Assumed command 1944

In 1944 Dixon assumed command of the 14th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Photographic Group.

Failed to Return Merseburg, Germany 14 February 1945

On escorted recon mission to photograph oil refineries at Leipzig/Dresden, was hit by AA and lost engine on fourth run at 10,000ft, bailed out and taken POW, escort was from 362nd FG. 14-2-45. MACR 12324.

Prisoner Of War POW Stalag Luft II, Zagan, Poland 14 February 1945 – May 1945

Prisoner Of War. Stalag Luft III.

Died Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, USA 21 March 2003

March 21, 2003, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, USA.

Buried United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80841, USA

USAF Academy Cemetery
Colorado Springs,
El Paso County,
Colorado, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 14:08:17 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=PL866&Submit6=Go MACR barebones.
http://www.fold3.com/image/28678827/ MACR Details.
http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?page=directory&rec=59696 POW Info.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_J._Dixon Biographic Detail.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8609613 Burial Detail.

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 11:15:51 Al_Skiff Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

spitfirepilot.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:35 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

7th Photo Recon Group Master Directory, 6 June 1996/Spouse / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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