Former Air Force brigadier general dies

Brigadier General Thomas Dinwiddie

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Brigadier General Thomas Dinwiddie

Former Air Force Brigadier General Thomas Dinwiddie, who flew jet missions in the Korean War, died Jan. 10.

Dinwiddie was 88.

Dinwiddie flew combat missions over North Korea until the truce was signed on July 27, 1953. Due to one of his fellow squadron pilots being shot down on the last day of the war, Dinwiddie and his squadron commander were assigned to fly what became the last jet mission of the Korean War, according to his obituary.

Dinwiddie served 7 years active duty, followed by 24 years as an officer in the Air Force Reserves with over 3,500 hours of flying time. In addition to his military career, Dinwiddie had a 31-year career in the private sector.

Dinwiddie was born in Dayton and graduated from Fairview High School in 1947. Following his high school graduation, Dinwiddie graduated in 1951 from Miami University in Oxford.

He started D-K Associates in 1979 and sold it in 1986. He continued to oversee the company as vice president until he retired from the military in 1986. He retired from the private sector in 1989.

There will be a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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