BIPPUS, WILLIAM FRANKLIN, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-503369, USAAF

 

William F. Bippus Jr. was born in Van Buren (Dayton), Montgomery Co., Ohio on 13 May 1913 to William F. Bippus (1872-1932) (Bellaire, OH) and Florence Josephine (Knight) Bippus (1873-   ) (Zanesville, OH) (married 12 October 1897, Muskingum, Ohio). Sibling Catherine Bippus (    -1899). His father was president of an auto-top factory in 1920. His father worked for the National Cash Register Co. He was married to Phyllis J. Bippus, Dayton, Ohio.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He flew solo after just 1 ½ hours of flight instruction. He was sent overseas to India. On 6 September 1944 a C-87, # 44-39233, assigned to 10th Air Force, Indi-China Wing, 1330th Base Unit, departed Jorhat, Assam, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kiunglai, China. It crashed enroute and the crew was killed. The remains of the crew (Dietzel, Bippus, Lewis & Moore), recovered from an American military cemetery in Barrackpore, India, were indistinguishable and were buried together (4 remains & 4 caskets) in the Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., Kansas, on 23 August 1949 (Sec. 2, Graves 1881-1882).