Arthur Bryant Whittington
|HOME OF RECORD
|NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Montie R. Whittington
|DATE OF BIRTH
November 28, 1920
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
February 7, 1941
|DATE OF LOSS
June 4, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
MIA / Declared Dead
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 4 June 1942, PFC Whittington flew as the radioman/gunner of a Vought Vindicator (SB2U-3 #2072) in a nighttime strike against the retreating Japanese fleet. Due to darkness and rain was forced to turn back.
On the return flight, Whittington’s Vindicator (SB2U-3 #2072) was seen to rapidly lose altitude and disappear. Neither he nor his pilot, Major Benjamin W. Norris, were seen again.
PFC Whittington’s remains were never found, and he was declared dead on 5 June 1943.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Pomona Cemetery & Mausoleum, Pomona, CA
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
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