The Airmen's Stories - P/O A J Rippon
Anthony John Rippon was born in London in 1918 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in April 1939. After completing his training he was serving at 12 OTU Benson when he was posted to 4 Ferry Pilot Pool on 21st June 1940.
He went from there to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge on 9th September to convert to Hurricanes, afterwards joining 601 Squadron at Exeter on the 26th.
Rippon went to Malta in a Sunderland from the Middle East on 30th January 1941 and joined 261 Squadron at Hal Far.
On 5th March he destroyed a Ju87 and shared a Me110, on the 9th he shared in damaging a Ju88, on the 10th probably destroyed a Me110, on the 23rd claimed two Ju87's destroyed, on 20th April shared a Ju88 and on 9th May he shared a Ju87. Rippon returned to the Middle East in May 1941 and later served at the ADU Takoradi.
He was killed on 25th August 1944, as a Flight Lieutenant with 107 Squadron, operating Mosquitos from Lasham.
Mosquito VI NS952 OM-S was on a sortie to attack a munitions train in Saint Remy station, in a suburb of Chalon-sur-Saone. The train was marked with red crosses and it is unclear whether the attack was carried out before the aircraft was hit by flak. The navigator F/Sgt. TA Ridout baled out successfully but Rippon was still aboard when the aircraft crashed at Ouroux-sur-Saone, south of Chalon. Ridout, aided by the Resistance, escaped capture. Rippon is buried in the cemetery at Ouroux.
An award of the DFC (gazetted 5th September 1944) was made after his death. The citation credited him with the destruction of five enemy aircraft.
A monument was erected at the crash site in 1994, see: