M.400  First Officer James Donald Whitelaw 
 flag usa  b. 7 Apr 1911, Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania 22 Feb to 26 Nov 1941 

   1941 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Father: Peter Whitelaw (born in England, a machinist), Mother: Esther Kathleen [Walker] (d. 1944)

Ed. High School, Hollidaysburg

prev. Steel Worker (Jones & Laughlin Steel Co), crane operator, Flight Instructor; operated a flying school; pilot for Pennsylvania-Central Airlines

prev. exp. 1485 hrs

m. Mary Margaret [Donnelly] (divorced Jul 1941, 2 children)

  Draft Card, dated 16 Oct 1940

 Address in 1941: 7724 Baxter St, Pittsburg, PA


"Two Pittsburgh fliers, former millworkers who saved their money and learned to fly as a hobby, are now piloting British bombers over the English Channel [sic] to give Hitler a taste of his own medicine - but they are still saving money. They are buying National Defense Savings Bonds. Richard C James, 25, and James Donald Whitelaw, 29, of Wilkinsburg, joined the RAF last spring." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 Postings: 14FPP

 "An average pilot who is too much inclined to please himself while on ferrying duties, without due care and consideration for others", according to Bobby Wardle, his CO at 14FPP.

 [Contract Terminated] - "his brother (John D Whitelaw, who was also his business partner) died, and he was released to attend to affairs. No adverse security reports."

 m. 1941 Anne Christina [Shaw]  (divorced 1950)

US Army from 2 Sep 1942 to 17 Jun 1948

Lt-Col, US Army (ATC Ferry Division), then pilot for the American Export-Import Company (Hill AFB)

m. 18 Mar 1950 in Florida, Dorothy [Hellstrom]



"Ogden has been selected as the western base of operations for Leeward Aeronautical, Inc, a chartered airline operation serving all parts of the American continent". James D Whitelaw, former Ogden resident and ex Air Force pilot, has been named operations manager." - The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Los Angeles, CA


d. 4 Jul 1979 - Los Angeles

Buried Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Cemetery


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