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Vance J Chipman


On 1 November 1944, Chipman took part in an H2X (Mickey) mission to Schweinfurt, Germany. His Mosquito aircraft was downed by fighters and he was taken as a Prisoner of War.
After the war he said he tried to escape by stealing an ME109.


Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 654th Bomb Squadron


  • NS677

    de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk XVI, 654th BS, 25th BG, 8th AF. On Nov 1, 1944, H2X (Mickey) mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, aircraft was downed by fighters near Arnstein, Germany. Shot down flying a secret Mickey mission. Observer wounded in shooting...

  • MM388

    Crash Landing En route to Hatfield, Substantial damage, Vance J. Chipman (pilot). 2/9/44. Landing accident, RAF Alconbury, Minor Damage, Robert P. Howle Jr (pilot). 18/2/45. ...

Associated Place

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Michigan, USA 1922
Lived in Wayne, MI 48184, USA August 1943
Enlisted 31 August 1943


Date Contributor Update
07 April 2017 16:17:37 Lucy May Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

NARA enlistment record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:21 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement p.542, Aerial Intelligence of the 25th BG p. 82, 162, 176-163 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia