Game Warden Allen Cooke Flippo

Game Warden Allen Cooke Flippo

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, 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 PA-22 aircraft they were flying caught fire and crashed into trees at the edge of Darden Pond 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 found the next day.

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 26
  • Tour 10 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

aircraft accident, wildlife enforcement

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Warden Flippo,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 19, 2022

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