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Paul M. Lipscomb
Born (1920-06-20)June 20, 1920
Died April 4, 2006(2006-04-04) (aged 85)
Place of birth Texas
Place of death Dallas, Texas
Place of burial Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Fort Worth, Texas
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Rank Captain
Service number 0-671667
Unit 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Reconnaissance Group, Fifth Air Force
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross

Paul Mudge Lipscomb (20 June 1920 in Texas - 4 April 2006 in Dallas, Texas) was a American Captain in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He also was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross which was awarded for having distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in circumstances which do not justify the award of the Medal of Honor.

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First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Paul M. Lipscomb (ASN: 0-671667), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 82d Reconnaissance Squadron, 71st Reconnaissance Group, FIFTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 11 January 1945, in the Southwest Pacific Area. On that date First Lieutenant Lipscomb was wing-man for Major William Shomo, assigned together with an armed photographic and staffing mission against the Apari and Laoag airdromes. En route to their objective, Major Shomo observed an enemy twin-engine bomber, protected by twelve fighters, flying at 2,500 feet above him and, despite the odds of 13 to 2, ordered an attack. First Lieutenant Lipscomb engaged the enemy fighters along with Major Shomo and personally shot down three of the enemy aircraft. First Lieutenant Lipscomb's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 5th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.


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