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Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Tipton Army Airfield

Fort George G. Meade

 

—United States Army —

 
Tipton Army Airfield Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, June 7, 2008
1. Tipton Army Airfield Marker
Inscription. Named for Marylander Colonel William D. Tipton, Tipton Army Airfield was constructed in 1960 to replace a smaller airstrip operating since 1938 near the present Post Exchange and Commissary complex.

COL Tipton served in both World Wars. During World War I COL Tipton was a pursuit pilot in the 17th Aero Squadron attached to the British Royal Air Force. He saw action in the Battle of the Somme where he was awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross and the American purple Heart. He was captured by the Germans in August of 1918 and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner.

He also served in World War II where he rose to the rank of Colonel. COL Tipton died December 12, 1945 at Adena, Ohio, as a result of injuries received in an airplane accident.

In 1995, the operation and control of Tipton Army Airfield was given to Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

This plaque erected in 1996 by the Fort Meade Museum.
 
Erected 1996 by Fort Meade Museum.
 
Location. 39° 5.586′ N, 76° 45.364′ W. Marker is in Fort Meade, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of O'Brien Road and Simmonds Street, on the right when traveling south on O'Brien Road. Click for map.
Tipton Army Airfield Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, June 7, 2008
2. Tipton Army Airfield Marker
Marker is on the left side of what was the road leading to Tipton Airfield. This road was closed when Fort Meade became a closed base, and the bridge over Maryland Route 32 became an exit off that highway for a controlled entrance to Fort Meade. A new airfield road was constructed on the opposite side of the highway.
Marker is in this post office area: Fort George G Meade MD 20755, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chapultepec Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Cav. Area" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cavalry Area (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War I Cantonment Area (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Dedicated to all American Ex-Prisoners of War (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Battle of the Bulge (approx. 0.8 miles away); 29th Infantry Division, United States Army (approx. 0.8 miles away); Maj. Gen. Ralph H. Van Deman (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Meade.
 
Also see . . .  Clayton Davis' webpage on Tipton Airport. (Submitted on June 5, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceForts, CastlesGovernmentMilitaryNotable PersonsWar, World IWar, World II
 
Tipton Airfield Control Tower Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, June 7, 2008
3. Tipton Airfield Control Tower
Navy Plane Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, June 7, 2008
4. Navy Plane
Located in front of one of the airfield buildings.
Tipton Airfield Photo, Click for full size
5. Tipton Airfield
Photo credit: Clayton Davis' webpage at http://www.geocities.com/cd19/tipton.htm.
Colonel William Tipton Photo, Click for full size
6. Colonel William Tipton
Photo credit: Clayton Davis' webpage at http://www.geocities.com/cd19/tipton.htm.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,344 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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