Kipper, Irvin

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Kipper, Irvin Gender: M
Irvin S. Kipper
born on 13 November 1916 at 20:15 (= 8:15 PM )
Place Fort Worth, Texas, 32n44, 97w19
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 21°23' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 10°00 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 04°58'


American Air Force bomber pilot, prisoner of war, and the founder and namesake of Kip’s Toyland, the oldest toy store in Los Angeles, located in the Farmer’s Market since 1945.

In 1944, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, ultimately becoming an officer and pilot of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II. While flying in Europe, Kipper named his B-17 "Purdy Gertie", after his wife, Gertrude.

On his 26th mission, Kipper was shot down over Bologna, where he was captured and spent more than seven months as a Nazi prisoner of war in the POW camps Stalag Luft III and Stalag VII.

When Kipper returned to Los Angeles after the war, he purchased a small store to sell flags. He then added balloons, which were a big hit, because rubber was rationed during the war. Then he added Slinky, board games, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoy sets, Carrom Game Boards, and new toys as they were invented.

He died on 21 April 2016, aged 99.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 99)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Toy store)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (World War II, Air Force)
  • Vocation : Military : POW/ MIA (Stalag Luft III and Stalag VII)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military (Bomber pilot)