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