He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

WHITE, MILLARD FILMORE, Private, # 33921083, USAAF

 

Millard F. White was born 19 November 1925 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Millard F. White (1902-    ) (PA) (WWI draft card says 1899) and Ethel A. (Hill) Smith nee White (1903-1977) (PA) (married to White on 26 January 1920, Wellsburg, WVA). Siblings were Agatha Mary (White) Shields (1921-1991) and Dorothy L. (White) Harper (1923-1981). Living with them in 1930 was maternal uncle, Edwin James Hill (1897-1950). His step-father was William Peter Smith (1891-    ). A step-sibling was William P. Smith Jr. (1920-    ). He was married to Dorothy Elizabeth White.

 

He registered for the WWII draft in 1943, resided at 2213 Strauss St., Pittsburgh, PA, employed by the Halund Co., Latrobe, PA, and described himself as 6’1”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had a tattoo on his right arm. He enlisted in the USAAF in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 19 February 1944. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando and was receiving on-the-job training on his final flight. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 5 April 1945 a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 43-47213, assigned 10th Air Force, ATC, 1337th AAF Base Unit, Sookerating, India, completed a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Kunming, China. It departed Kunming on a return flight. Their radio operator tried to contact Sookerating ATC and although heard by Sookerating, no contact from Sookerating got through. The C-46 was 3 ½ hours out of Kunming, at 12,500’ on a heading of 300° and was lost. They had run out of oxygen and 2 crewmen were passed out. A British search team located the wreckage of the C-46 on 22 November 1945 seven miles due west of Menikrai, Sadiya Pradesh, India. They found all four bodies of the crew. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.