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T/Sgt Joe Wilson Ripple

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T/Sgt Joe Wilson Ripple

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 1 Sep 1944 (aged 29)
France
Burial Eola, Concho County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 155401966 View Source

Joe served as a Technical Sergeant & Radio Operator on B-17G #43-38184, 849th Bomber Squadron, 490th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Concho County, Texas prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 18, 1941, prior to the war, at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Apprentice.

Joe was "Killed In Action" in a mid-air collision with B-17G #43-37941 over France during the war. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 18048310

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Airmen who perished on B-17 #43-38184 see:

Crofts, Charles D ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, Massachusetts
Haas, Lamont D ~ Maj, Flight Commander, Florida
Hudson, Lloyd M ~ S/Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, Kansas
Kurtz, George J, III ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, Pennsylvania
Ripple, Joe W ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, Texas
Russell, Robert E ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, Michigan
Weber, Richard V ~ S/Sgt, Waist Gunner, New York

For airmen who perished on B-17G #43-37941 see:

Hall, Floyd G ~ S/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Maryland

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

Special thanks to Frogman for finding info on this mid-air collision!

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