Miller-Stockum Post 485

WW2 Veteran - Captain B-25 Pilot of the 445th Bombardment Squadron - 57th Bomb Wing

WHITEFORD. Floyd R. ""Whitey'. Beloved husband of Helen E. (nee Chandler) Whiteford. Dear brother of the late Charles Whiteford (the late Margaret) and Jennie ""Jean' Crider (the late Carl). Also survived by nieces and nephews. June 11, 2004. Age 85. Resident of Miami Hts. Ret. Atty and Solicitor for Village of Cleves. Memorial service Thursday 7 P.M. at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami, Cleves. Visitation Thursday 6-7 P.M. Memorials to Parkinsons Research or Hospice of Cincinnati.

A  B-25 A/C No.41-13201 - Named “Poopsie” as well as other Aircraft.

Whiteford, Floyd R. “Whitey”

Below is: Just one of a number of missions were flown by Whitey and various crew members.

In Tunisia, B-25's hit Oudna Airfield. Fighters maintain sweeps and armored reconnaissance over NE Tunisia and the Straits of Sicily. During the night of 12/13 March, British airplanes bomb Megrine landing ground. HQ 47thBombardment Group (Light) and its 84thBombardment Squadron (Light) with A-20's transfer from Thelepte, Tunisia to Souk-el-Arba The 58thFighter Squadron, 33rdFighter Group with P-40's transfers from Berteaux, Algeria to Ebba Ksour, Tunisia.

The target for the twenty-third mission on April 13, 1942 was the landing groundat Oudna.The mission took off at 1600 with 15 planes. They dropped 223 hundred-pound demolition bombs from 9,000 feet at 1739 hours. The landing ground was covered by bursts and two revetments were hit. Railroad tracks and the road east of the field were also hit. Pont du Fahs, Tunis road running by the target, were reprted to be crowded with traffic moving in both directions. Staff Sgt. Clinton R. Filipowski, 445th Bombardment Squadron enlisted bombardier, was killed by flak on the breakaway from target about 12 miles south of Tunis. Photographs were taken.

Flight leaders were Maj. Cook, Lieut. Whiteford and Lieut. Griffith.

Information below was found on the

445th BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON (M) Office of the Operations Officer 20 May 1943
Missions participated in at the Front.
TO: Officer, 321st Bombardment Group (M), Army Air Forces, APO #520.
1. Mission # 4. April 28, 1943.
2. Take off @ 1530–Landed at 1815.
    3. Souk el Arba-N. Chouigui S. Cape Bon Enfidaville.
  4. Target–Large military vessel (which turned out to be a hospital boat).
   5. Time of attack: 1700.
         6. Weather good–Visibility good.
     7. No. of planes to start mission: 12 B-25’s. (9 of 445th) (447th–3)
   8. All ships reached objective.
   9. Type and No. of escorts: Spitfires 25.
      10. 18 X 500 lb. demolition bombs dropped (by 445th).
 11. 8000 ft at 220.
 12. No enemy aircraft encountered.
13. Flak light not encountered.
14. All ships returned.
15. Eighteen bombs dropped on hospital ship before identified- (no hits were scored.)
1st Lt., Air Corps, Operations Officer.