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Whitehead, Ennis Clement (1895-1964)


Photograph of Ennis C. Whitehead

U.S. Air Force

Ennis "the Menace" Whitehead attended the University of Kansas before being commissioned as an Army aviator and deployed to France during the First World War as an instructor and test pilot. He was briefly discharged to complete his degree at the University of Kansas before returning to active duty.

Ennis served as Kenney's deputy at 5 Air Force, where he proved to be a meticulous planner. He assumed command of 5 Air Force following Kenney's promotion to command of all Allied air forces in the Pacific.

Service record

1895     
  born at Westphalia, Kansas
1913

University of Kansas
1917-8-16     

Enlists in the Army as flying cadet
1917-11-20     
First lieutenant
3 Aviation Instruction Center, France
1918-6

Assistant Chief Test Pilot
1919-1-9

Honorably discharged
1920

Graduates from University of Kansas
1920-7-1
First lieutenant
Receives a regular commission. Assigned to 55 Regiment.
1920-10

Instructor, March Field
1921-2

94 Squadron
1921-7

Langley Field
1921-10

Ellington Field
1922-7

Selfridge Field
1925-7

Air Service Engineering School
1926-6

Fairfield Air Intermediate Depot
1926-12

Pan-American Flight
1927-5

Assistant Chief, Maintenance Engineering Branch, Wright Field
1928-7

Chief, Aircraft Engine and Spare Parts Branch, Wright Field
1930-8

Air Corps Tactical School
1931-6

Commander, 36 Pursuit Squadron
1932-11

Operations Officer, Albrook Field, Panama Canal Zone
1934-12

Assistant Operations Officer, Barksdale Field
1935-3

Staff, G-3, General Headquarters Air Force, Langley Field
1935-7
Colonel
Inspector, General Headquarters Air Force
1937-8

Command and General Staff School
1938-6

Chief, Field Service Section, Supply Division
1938-9

Staff, Intelligence Division, War Department
1940

Chief, Aviation Section, Military Intelligence Division, War Department
1941-2

Commander, Advance Flying Training, Phoenix
1942-7

Deputy Commander, 5 Air Force
1943

Commander, 5 Bomber Command
1944-6-15     

Commander, 5 Air Force
1945-5
Lieutenant general      Commander, Pacific Air Command
1946-3

Commander, Far East Air Forces
1949-4-15

Commander, Continental Air Command
1951-1-8

Commander, Air Defense Command
1951

Retires
1964

Dies

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2012-5-7)

McAulay (1991)

Pettibone (2006)

U.S. Air Force (1951; accessed 2012-5-7)


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