ENSIGN BENJAMIN BANYARD LIPPINCOTT was born on August 7, 1924 to Clarence Willett and Margaret Banyard Lippincott. His father was killed in a 1931 railroad accident.
Benjamin B. Lippincott grew up in Haddon Heights NJ. He attended Haddon Heights High School in Haddon Heights NJ, where he played halfback on the varsity football team. Upon graduation in June of 1942 he entered the Navy. After qualifying for flight duty he began his pilot training in March of 1943. He won his wings and was commissioned at Corpus Christi TX in July of that year.
Assigned to the Naval Air Station at Boca Chica FL, Ensign Lippincott was practicing simulated carrier landings flying a Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter at the field on March 8, 1945. On his first try at landing he was waved off by the landing signal officer, and in getting away his plane rolled over and hit the ground upside down. Rushed the field dispensary in a critical condition, he died a half hour later.
Ensign Lippincott was survived by his mother, sister Priscilla, and brothers Summit and Scott Lippincott. He was brought home and buried at Harleigh Cemetery. .
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Camden Courier-Post - October 13, 1931
WIDOW SUES FOR $225,000
Suit for $255,000 was filed in New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday by Mrs. Margaret Lippincott against the Atlantic City Railroad in the death of her husband, Willet Lippincott, of 106 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights, a real estate operator and son of Benjamin A. Lippincott, first mayor of Haddon Heights.
The widow, mother of four children, charges that her husband met his death on the morning of July 23 at the Warwick Road crossing at Magnolia. Lippincott's truck, loaded with hay, obtained from the farm of his mother, Mrs. Laura Lippincott, on Warwick road, was struck by a northbound Ocean City-Camden train. Lippincott was killed, and the truck and hay set afire when the gasoline tank exploded.
Papers in the suit have been prepared by former Senator Albert S. Woodruff and S. Huntley Beckett, attorneys. Allegations are made in the suit that the railroad was negligent in failing to protect the crossing, which is termed in the charges as "extra-dangerous and extra-hazardous."
It is alleged further that a signal light at the crossing failed to work properly at the time of the tragedy, and that a curve of the railroad, a bank of earth, poles and other obstacles obstructed the view of an approaching train. No bell or whistle was sounded from the engine of the train, it is charged.
Lippincott met his death although he alighted from his truck to look up and down the tracks at the crossing, according to Woodruff. He had seen a southbound train pass, but was struck by the northbound train. Passengers on the northbound train included Magistrate Dennis F. Fitzgerald, of Philadelphia; Mayor Roy R. Stewart, Prosecutor Clifford A. Baldwin, City Solicitor E. G. C. Bleakly, Byron M. Seabrook, and Jerome Hurley, of the Hurley Stores, all of whom had summer homes at Ocean City.
Children surviving Lippincott include Priscilla, 8; Benjamin, 6; Summitt, 4, and Scott W. Lippincott, 1 year old.