Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

John (Jack) A. White

 

LH-MISC MSS


Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

Jack A. White donated the typed transcript to the Hayes Presidential Center in 1996

Biographical Sketch

1st Lieutenant John (Jack) A. White, son of Marlin White of Fremont, Ohio, enlisted in the infantry and served as an instructor at Fort George Meade, Maryland during World War II. Applying for a transfer in January of 1943, White entered Army Air Force pilot training at San Antonio, Texas. In April of 1944, Lt. White received orders for his overseas tour of duty. Stationed at an air field in East Anglia, England, White became a part of the 712th Bomber Group, 8th Air Force. Initially, White trained, flew practice missions, and co-piloted a B-24 on bombing runs over France and Germany. By the end of May 1944, White began the first of thirty-one bombing missions over Germany.

Scope and Content

The typed transcript represents a copy of Lt. John A. White's original diary which begins March 28, 1944 and concludes on September 3, 1944. The daily entries provide information on base life, comrades, bombing runs, and British culture as well as White's thoughts regarding the hazards of piloting a B-24 bomber in the 8th Army Air Force during the summer of 1944.

Inventory

Ac. 5396

Memoir, 1944

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