Josef Pipa was an apprentice for the Bata Shoe Company until 1937 when he went to the Elementary Flying School at Oloumoc, and later transferred to the Fighter Pilot School in Prague in 1938. Pipa shared in the destruction of a number of Ju88 reconnaissance bombers as well as the destruction of a Do. 17 and the probable destruction os a Do. 215 bomber. On September 13th, Pipa was returning froma a mission saw a Mustang shot down into the sea. Pipa circled over the plane and threw out his dinghy to the downed pilot who succeeded in wrapping the dinghy around his tail. The pilot was found and rescued. On two other occasions Pipa threw out his dinghy to downed airman. On July 19th, 1944, he shot down a V1 rocket near Folkstone, Kent.
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