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Game Warden Allen Cooke Flippo | Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia

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Allen Cooke Flippo

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 19, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 10 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Aircraft accident

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Game Warden Allen Flippo and Game Warden Donald Gentry were killed in an airplane accident while flying a night patrol, searching for spotlighters, in Southampton County, Virginia.

The Piper aircraft they were flying crashed near Newsoms shortly after taking off from Franklin Municipal Airport. The wreckage, discovered upside down and partially submerged in Darden Pond with scorch marks, was not found for two days.

Game Warden Flippo was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and had served with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for 10 months. He was survived by his wife.

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Game Warden Donald Wyatt Gentry
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 19, 1972
Cause: Aircraft accident

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I went through the Game Warden Academy with Allen Flippo and we both started our careers as Game Wardens on February 14, 1972. I had the pleasure of flying with him several times as an observer. He impressed me as being very careful and meticulous about safety with the aircraft. I was working with Allen and Donald Gentry the night their plane went down in Southampton County, Virginia. I will never forget Allen and Donald or the event that took their lives. They were both dedicated officers who were doing what they loved. I thank them for their service and may they both rest in peace.

CPO Kenneth D. Skinner
VA Dept of Game & Inland Fisheries
November 7, 2017

 

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