In January 1943 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, his plan 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.
First Lieutenant Edward C. Gelsleichter
Sergeant John G. MacIntosh Jr.
Captain Thor E. Hamrin