Arthur Bryant Whittington
|HOME OF RECORD
|NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Montie R. Whittington
|DATE OF BIRTH
November 28, 1920
February 7, 1941
|DATE OF LOSS
June 4, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
MIA / Declared Dead
June 5, 1943
Radioman / Gunner
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Arthur Whittington was an aviation radioman assigned to VMSB-241, stationed at Midway Island.
During the battle of Midway on 4 June 1942, Whittington rode in the gunner’s seat of a Vought Vindicator (SB2U-3 #2072) piloted by the squadron’s executive officer, Major Benjamin W. Norris. They survived the daylight attack on the Japanese fleet, and led their much reduced squadron in a second strike after nightfall.
Bad weather and zero visibility caused the bombers to turn back without spotting their targets. At some point during the return flight, Norris’ Vindicator suddenly lost altitude and disappeared into the darkness. It never returned to Midway.
Whittington and Norris were 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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