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Douglas Lincoln White

Military

Doug was one of nine men in the Control Net System group of the Communications section of the 508th Fighter Squadron, 404th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, United States Army Air Corps. He operated and maintained an SCR-584 Radar Van at RAF Winkton and across France and Belgium, then into Germany. For three days before Christmas 1944 he successfully defended a forward position near Eupen, Belgium at The Battle of the Bulge. Within 24 hours of being pulled back, a Panzer division rolled over that position. He was Expert with the M-1 Carbine and the Sub-Machine Gun and a Marksman with a 45-caliber pistol. Among others, he was decorated with one silver and one bronze battle stars, the Belgian Fourragère and, along with the entire 404th FB Group, received two Presidential Unit Citations.
After his active duty, he joined the Navy Reserve as a reconnaissance photographer. After about five years, he transferred to Army Reserve serving with the 309th Civil Affairs Unit headquartered in Inkster, Michigan. Altogether, he served about 30 years in the Reserves, the last couple with the 300th Military Police Command after the 309th HQ was moved to Homewood, Illinois. He retired with the rank of Major.
He matriculated Wayne State University in Detroit in 1948, majoring in Education. He met his wife of 64 years there. He taught public school (3rd grade) for about ten years while completing work on Masters' and Doctorate degrees, also in Education. He joined the Faculty of Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan about 1964 and taught in the Social Sciences Division for the next 30 years, mostly Sociology. He was an early organizing member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1650.
Photography was a lifelong hobby. A skilled dance partner, he enjoyed ballroom dancing. He had a great sense of humor and also enjoyed traveling to visit both new and familiar places. He was endlessly devoted to his loving family.

Service

People

  • George Hamilton

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | Control Net Systems Radio Operator
    85 Line Ave., Cresson, Pa.

  • Walter Weed

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Control Net Systems Radio Operator
    110 Thames St., New London, Connecticut

  • Kelley Westbrook

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Control Net Systems Chief
    After moving to A-5 in Normandy, various men from the section, including the entire CNS crew headed by Staff Sgt. Westbrook, left to go on detached service, operating fighter Control Net Systems throughout the battle of France and Belgium. (http://www...

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 404th Fighter Group

    404th Fighter Group

    Group
    A unit history of the 404th Fighter Group is available online as a pdf: http://www.winkton.net/Leap%20Off/LeapOffPdf3.pdf

  • 508th Fighter Squadron

    508th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    "During one of the many breaks in operations caused by weather, Lieut. Col. Cowart of the 555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion introduced to pilots of the [404th FB] Group a radar set known as the SCR-584 (Signal Corps Radio). It had the ability to...

  • 555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

    555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion

    Battalion
    The Signal Aircraft Warning Battalions that were in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) were US Army Signal Corps units who worked with Army Air Corps Fighter Control Squadrons primarily to direct fighters and fighter-bombers to their targets. ...

Associated Place

  • Liverpool

    Military site : non-airfield
    A depot for materiel shipped from the United States - known as an 'Intransit Depot'. Exact location unknown.

  • Southampton

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Winkton

    Military site : airfield
    Prepared as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, the land was released for grazing before it was again selected for aircraft use, and improved for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. Used briefly by the 404th Fighter Group, it was then abandoned,...

  • St. Lo

    Military site : airfield

  • Fritzlar

    Military site : airfield

  • St Trond

    Military site : airfield

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Date Contributor Update
25 January 2021 02:00:34 508thRadarMan Changes to biography
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Gregory White, source.

Date Contributor Update
25 January 2021 01:50:41 508thRadarMan Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
30 June 2018 15:00:16 508thRadarMan Changes to biography
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family of Douglas L. White.
Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge, AGO Form 53-55.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2018 14:56:21 508thRadarMan Changes to biography
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family of Douglas L. White.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2018 14:55:00 508thRadarMan Changes to biography
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Family of Douglas L. White.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2018 14:16:31 508thRadarMan Changes to media associations
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Family of Douglas L. White.

Date Contributor Update
30 June 2018 14:12:26 508thRadarMan Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge, AGO Form 53-55

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