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Lippi, James Raymond (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-09-21

Birth Date: 1913-01-19 (age 29)

Born: Santa Cruz

Son of Paul and Elvira (nee Fava) Lippi of Oakland, California, United States.

Husband of Amy (nee Toll) Lippi of Oakland, California, United States. Brother of Rose, Reg and Ledino.

Home: Oakland, California, USA

Enlistment: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment Date: 1941-08-18

2 FIS- Flying Instructor School
Vulcan, Alberta, Canada
Pilot Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
2 Flying Instructor School, Vulcan, Alberta. Cessna Crane aircraft crashed.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Crew on Crane Mk. IA FJ283

Cessna Crane

Cessna Crane Mk. I
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Cessna T-50 Crane was the RCAF version of the Cessna AT-17 Bobcat, a twin-engined advanced trainer designed and made in the USA during the Second World War. It served to bridge the gap between single-engined trainers and twin-engined combat aircraft.

First flown in 1939, the American-built Cessna Crane was developed as a five-seat, light transport civilian aircraft. It was originally intended to serve only a minor role within the BCATP (an initial 180 were ordered in 1940) until the Canadian-built Avro Ansons became available in greater numbers. This was the first large order that Cessna had received for one of its products. Eventually, more than 5,400 Cranes would be produced, of which 826 saw service with the RCAF. Cessna Cranes were used primarily to teach future bomber pilots, after they had received their initial training, to fly multi-engined aircraft at Service Flying Training Schools in western Canada.

Powered by 245-horsepower Jacobs R-755-9 radial engines, Cessna Cranes featured wooden wings and tail married to a fuselage constructed of welded steel tubing. Most of the aircraft was fabric-covered. It was cheap, reliable and relatively easy to fly, with a top speed of 315 kilometres (195 miles) per hour.

The Crane provided twin-engined complexity with economy of operation and went on to become one of the most important aircraft used by the BCATP. Cranes continued to serve with the RCAF until 1947, after which many were purchased by private individuals and companies.

Nicknamed the Bamboo Bomber because of its largely wood construction, the Crane had a reputation as a stable and reliable aircraft. Although not an ideal training aircraft because of its poor single-engined performance and load-carrying capability, it performed its duties satisfactorily and helped train several thousand bomber pilots. Bomber Command Museum of Canada

YouTube Cessna Crane Trainer

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Crane Trainer

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (826), RCAF 400 Squadron (3), Canadian Aircraft Losses (81)
last update: 2021-08-30 15:20:54

Crane Mk. IA FJ283

Also received USAAF serial 42-13800 as an AT-17A. First assigned to No. 2 Flying Instructors School at Vulcan, Alberta. Category A crash at Vulcan on 21 September 1942. Scrapped by No. 10 Repair Depot.
1942-07-30 Taken on Strength No. 4 Training Command 2019-08-20
1942-September-21 Accident: 2 Flying Instructor School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Lippi | Vandre | Wells
1943-02-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

2 FIS- Flying Instructor School (2 Flying Instructors School)

Formed as a sub-unit of No 15 Service Flying Training School at Claresholm, Alberta on 27 April 1942 Formed as an Independent Unit at Vulcan, Alberta on 3 August 1942. Moved to Pearce, Alberta on 3 May 1943 became inactive on 29 December 1944 disbanded on 20 January 1945

1942-04-27 Primary Location Claresholm, Alberta Canada
1942-08-03 Primary Location Vulcan, Alberta Canada
1943-05-03 Primary Location Pearce, Alberta Canada

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