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William Fairfield Tripp III


William Tripp was born in Dedham, graduated from Dedham High School in 1939 and attended Northeastern University. During World War II he joined the First Corps of Cadets (Massachusetts National Guard). He then entered the Army Air Corps and became a pilot with the 9th Air Force flying the A-20 and A-26 in England and France. He was awarded many service honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters after flying 65 missions. He also received the European Theater of Operations, five Bronze Stars, the American Campaign Medal, the American Defense Medal for service in Pearl Harbor, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Following the war he joined American Airlines, where he worked in management for 30 years. He moved from Dedham to Brewster in 1979 and worked as a bartender for Eastward Ho! Country Club in Chatham for 12 years. He was a member of the Orleans Yacht Club, Van Guards of American Airlines, and was a founding member of the American Air Museum in Britain.



  • Orlando LaNave

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 416th Bomb Group

Units served with


Associated Place

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...

  • Laon/Athies

    Military site : airfield

  • Melun

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Dedham, MA 20 March 1921
Enlisted Boston, MA 16 September 1940
First 416th BG Combat Mission Gorenflos, France 2 June 1944
Final 416th BG Combat Mission Sindorf, Germany 26 February 1945
Died Hyannis, MA 10 March 2004
Buried Bourne, MA 14 March 2004

Massachusetts National Cemetery
Bourne, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA


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07 April 2021 23:40:00 466thHistorian Changes to awards

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07 April 2021 23:31:57 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations