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Name: William Dolley Tipton
William Tipton
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 3 (RAF)
17th Aero (USAS)
Victories: 5
Born: 11 December 1892
Place of Birth: Jarretsville, Maryland, USA
Died: 12 December 1945 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Adena, Ohio, USA
Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA
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To gain combat experience, William Dolley Tipton was attached to 3 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. A Sopwith Camel pilot, he scored two victories before he was reassigned to the 17th Aero Squadron. After scoring his last two victories on 26 August 1918, Tipton and six other Camel pilots were shot down during a melee with Fokker D.VIIs of Jasta 2 and Jasta 27. Tipton was captured and remained a prisoner until the end of the war. During World War II he attained the rank of Colonel while serving with the United States Army Air Corps. The former commander of the Maryland National Guard air unit, Tipton was on a routine flight from Detroit, Michigan to Bolling Field in Washington, D.C. when the P-47 Thunderbolt he was flying struck a mountain near Adena, Ohio.
The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Massachusetts, Thursday, 23 September 1920, page 4
Morning World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, 15 December 1945, page 20
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 02 May 1918 1615 3 Sopwith Camel (D6519) DFW C (OOC) 1 Arras
2 18 May 1918 0800 3 Sopwith Camel Albatros C (OOC) 2 57C S17
3 22 Aug 1918 0955 17th Sopwith Camel (F2157) Balloon (DES) 3 57C H22
4 26 Aug 1918 1700 17th Sopwith Camel (F5951) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bapaume-Quéant
5 26 Aug 1918 1700 17th Sopwith Camel (F5951) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bapaume-Quéant

1 Shared with Lt Will Hubbard
2 Shared with Lt Lloyd Hamilton
3 Shared with Lt R D Williams
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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