Game Warden Allen Cooke Flippo

Game Warden Allen Cooke Flippo

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 19, 1972

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Allen Cooke Flippo

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.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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We met when we were kids. Allen was a lifeguard at our pool, and I was dating his first cousin. Years later, we went to Ft. Belvoir to get his pay, and double dated until he deployed. We stayed in touch during his tour, and got together when he got back until I left. I never had the pleasure of meeting his wife. He was a good man and a friend. I think about him from time to time. After all he went thru as a chopper pilot, he flew slicks, to die at home like he and the other fellow did, is tragic. He will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

Carey C. Leitch

July 24, 2018

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