DONALD K. TRIPP, LT, USNR

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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 21, 1916
Date of death: October 12, 1944
Age: 28

Lucky Bag

Donald Keith Tripp is listed on the page titled “And Some We Knew.”

Loss

Donald at United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, c1940.

From Find A Grave:

Lt. Tripp entered the USNA from Michigan and was attending the USNA at time of enlistment. Lt. Tripp was attached to Fighting Squadron NINETEEN, based aboard the USS LEXINGTON (CV-16). At 0555 on 12 Oct 1944 he took of from the USS Lexington in a F6F-5 airplane, Bureau number 58565 with LCDR Franklin E. Cook, Jr., USN as pilot. The purpose of the flight, of sixteen airplanes, was a fighter sweep mission over Formosa airfields. Between Kagi and Taichu, the planes were intercepted by enemy planes, and after the ensuing battle they went on to the Taichu airfield making strafing runs on the enemy. LCDR Cook's plane was last seen diving steeply on the Taichu Airfield at some 400 knots and a few seconds latera a plane, believed to be his, was seen to crash on the field, bursting into flames.

He became naval aviator #7729 in 1941. His body was returned to the United States in 1948 and is interred in Hawaii.

Donald's wife was listed as next of kin; he was also survived by his father and two brothers.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Donald Keith Tripp (NSN: 0-98400), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Pilot embarked in U.S.S. LEXINGTON on 10 October 1944.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: October 10, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Fighting Squadron
Division: U.S.S. Lexington

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Franklin Cook, Jr. '39 was Donald's commanding officer and piloting the plane he was in when it was shot down.


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