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2LT Thomas David Dillant

2LT Thomas David Dillant

Birth
New Hampshire, USA
Death 17 Mar 1942 (aged 25)
Horry County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Marlow, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 125934600 · View Source
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Son of Joseph Edward Dillant (1878–1975) & Emmerette Ellen "Emma" Buffum Dillant (1887–1957).

Thomas served as a Second Lieutenant & Pilot on P-39F (#41-7230), U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Cheshire County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on July 12, 1941, prior to the war, in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Actor and also as Single, without dependents.

Thomas died in the "Line Of Duty" of a non-battle related incident during the war.

Service # O-437992

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The $1,100,000 Dillant-Hopkins Airport was formally dedicated on October 31, 1943 -- it was named for two young men who gave their lives early in the war; the men in whose honor the airport was named were Lt. Thomas David Dillant of Keene and F3 Edwin Chester Hopkins of Swanzey.

An estimated 5,000 persons witnessed the dedication and air show, and taking part in the ceremony were Governor Robert 0. Blood, the New Hampshire Congressional delegation, representatives of the Army and Navy, and officials of Keene and Swanzey. The main speaker was Senator Styles Bridges.

Special thanks to Hal G. Brown for finding his place of burial, photographing this record and for providing the above story!

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His brother, Lt. Byron Edward Dillant, also died during World War II.

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 6 Mar 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 125934600
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Thomas David Dillant (21 Jul 1916–17 Mar 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 125934600, citing Marlow Village Cemetery, Marlow, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .