Joe Mangham Whitfield
Colonel,United States Air Force
a contemporary press report:
Joe Mangham Whitfield, Colonel, United States Air Force (retired) died on Tuesday, January 13, 2004. He was a resident of Falls Church, Virginia, and Sperryville, Virginia
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathleen Rolleigh Whitfield; sons, Joe Whitfield, Jr. of Falls Church, Virginia, Louis W. Whitfield of Lisbon, Maryland, Wesley T. Whitfield and his wife, Roxanna of Centreville, Virginia; daughters, Kathleen W. Pratt of Falls Church, Virginia and Susan W. McCabe and her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Curt McCabe USA (Ret.) of Fairfax, Virginia. His daughter, Anne Clare Whitfield, preceded him in death. Also survived by his granddaughters, Wendy Anne Pratt of New Orleans, Loouisiana, and Megan K. McCabe of Fairfax, Virginia.
Colonel Whitfield was a Martin B-26 bomber pilot in the European Theatre of Operations during WWII. He was Commanding Officer of the 557th Bombardment Squadron, 387th Bomb Group (M) and was credited with 74 bombing missions. On D-Day, he led the entire 98th Combat Bomb Wing against enemy beach positions in the early stages of the Normandy Invasion. He retired as the Deputy Director of Military Assistance and Sales, Headquarters, USAF at the Pentagon in 1970.
Graveside services will be held on Friday,
February 13 at Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m. with Full Military
Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American
Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.
WHITFIELD, JOE M
COL US AIR FORCE
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 10/09/1942 - 10/31/1970
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/03/1917
DATE OF DEATH: 01/13/2004
DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/13/2004
BURIED AT: SECTION 66 SITE 3588
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 2 August 2004 Updated: 17 September 2005