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The Airmen's Stories - P/O A J Rippon


Anthony John Rippon was born in London in 1918, the son of Thomas Stanley Rippon (1887-1946) and Dorette Adeline Rippon (nee Roche 1884-1938).

The CWGC does not hold any next-of-kin data. Research shows that Thomas Rippon was a doctor from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who enlisted in the RAMC and was posted to England as a Captain.

Dorette Roche was born in South London. She appears on the manifest, bearing her husband's surname and accompanied by him, for the ss Ascania which arrived in London on 24th October 1914 from Montreal.

She arrived alone aboard the mv Yorkshire on 14th November 1930 when it docked in London from Rangoon, her manifest entry recorded her profession as 'artist'.

When she died in 1938 probate was granted to her husband, described as 'retired Wing Commander RAF'.


AJ Rippon joined the RAF on a short service commission in April 1939.

He married Phyllis Mary Stinson in January 1940 in Surrey.

After completing his training he was serving at 12 OTU Benson when he was posted to 4 Ferry Pilot Pool on 21st June 1940.

Rippon 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 Ju87s 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:






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