Dr. Samuel Whitehead, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, was born in 1921. In 1941 he joined the US Army Air Corps and went through basic training at Bakersfield, California. He later attended preflight school at Santa Ana, California. Whitehead received additional flight training while at the San Joaquin Valley training facility in Visalia, California. In the European Theater, he was assigned to Nut's Corner Base, Northern Ireland, 381st Bomb Group, 534th Squadron, and as a B7 pilot with the 8th Air Force at Ridgewell, East Anglia, England. Whitehead also served as a B29 instructor pilot at Pueblo, Colorado and as a B17 instructor pilot at Riverside & El Paso Briggs Field, California. 

  Whitehead participated in bombing raids over Saint Avold, France, Berlin, Germany, and Poznan, Poland. Whitehead was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He was discharged from the US Air Force in March of 1946, immediately went to school in Chicago became a Doctor of Optometry. He served as an Optometrist for fifty years, most of that time in North Carolina.


Transcript Number 101  
Title: Samuel Whitehead: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Samuel Whitehead
Interviewer: Paul Zarbock
Date of Interview: December 4, 2001
Location of Interview: Whiteville, N.C.
Description: 1 Mini-DV Cassette Tape; sd., col.+ 1 VHS Cassette Tape
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience