An Airman's Story: Staff Sergeant Donald Eugene Pipes

Staff Sergeant Donald Eugene Pipes was born on June 19, 1923, in Whitestown, Indiana.

In January 1943, in response to World War II, he joined the US Army Air Force and was assigned to the 431st Bomber squadron as a tail gunner and deployed to the Pacific.

On July 28,1944, Staff Sergeant Donald Pipes, plane B-24 #42-73018 (I believe it was called Captain and the Kid), was spotted crashing in flames off of the island of Truk in the Philippines.

Staff Sergeant Donald Eugene Pipes is memorialized on the Tablet of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.


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