Novia James White Photo Collection

Title

Novia James White Photo Collection

Description

The Novia James White Photograph Collection consists of two folders of black and white photographic items, one of which has been hand-tinted. The collection includes family photographs of White and his wife's family, but the bulk of the items are related to White's service in the Air Force during World War II.

Novia James White was born in 1919 in Lebanon, Kentucky to parents Bird C. and Elizabeth White. He graduated from duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937 and then attended the University of Wisconsin for one year before he transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. After one semester at UCLA, White dropped out to get a job in the newspaper industry, delivering papers and collecting bills. Shortly after he dropped out of college, his fiancée, Nannette von Siebenthal came out to Los Angeles; they married in the summer of 1939. Together they had three children, one of which was born before the war. He worked in newspapers until he enlisted in the air cadets in the Army Air Corps in 1943.

He trained as a navigator for a B-24 Liberator and then transferred to the B-29 Bomber, called the Superfortress, before he was sent to the South Pacific. He was part of the 40th Bomb Group, 58th Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force. He was stationed on Tinian, an island in the northern part of the Mariana Islands, where he flew three missions before the official surrender of the Japanese Army. Following the Japanese surrender, White was stationed on Tinian and then transferred to the Philippines, where he served as a mess officer, earning an Army commendation for his work. He was honorably discharged in October 1946. After the war, White worked in newspapers in Philadelphia and Atlanta before he joined the Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company. He retired from there as Vice President in 1984. White passed away in May of 2013.

Creator

White, Novia James

Source

Filson Photograph Collection

Date

ca. 1920-1960

Rights

The Filson Historical Society believes that the item is in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States but a determination was not made as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. The Item may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries. Please refer to the organization that has made the Item available for more information. https://rightsstatements.org/page/NoC-US/1.0/?language=en
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Format

Photographs

Type

Still images

Identifier

Novia James White Photograph Collection, 013PC53

Collection Items

Jai Ali Club photograph, 13 April 1946
Art Deco style building, labeled "Jai Ali Club." Verso reads, "Enlisted Men's Club in Manila" and "4/13/46" Building was built for jai alai games and was also known as the Roosevelt Club for Enlisted Men.

Manila Hotel in the Philippines photograph, 13 April 1946
The Manila Hotel in the Philippines shown in 1946. Front reads, "Manila Hotel" and also "Army Navy Club". However, the Army and Navy Club, while similar in appearance, is a different building. The Manila Hotel was occupied by the Japanese for the…

San Luis Terrace photograph, 13 April 1946
Heavily damaged building shows evidence of shelling. Front reads, "San Luis Terrace" Verso reads, "4/13/46"

Legislative building photograph, 13 April 1946
Greek Revival style building with front facade partially toppled. Front reads, "Legislative Bldg." Verso reads, "4/13/46"

Central United Methodist Church in Manila, Philippines photograph, 13 April 1946
The Central United Methodist Church in Manila, Philippines, shown heavily damaged. Front reads, "Central Church" Verso reads, "4/13/46"

Saint Luis Church photograph, 13 April 1946
Heavily damaged, and burned building in the Earthquake Baroque style. Front reads, "Saint Luis Church" Verso reads, "4/13/46"

City Hall photograph, 13 April 1946
Heavily damaged building with a tower surrounded by piles of rubble. Front reads, "City Hal[l]" Verso reads, "4/13/46"

University of the Philippines in Manila photograph, 17 April 1946
Bullet-riddled building at the University of the Philippines in Manila. Front reads, "Villamor Hall U. (P.)" Verso reads, "4/17/46"

Destroyed building in Manila, Philippines photograph, 17 April 1946
Destroyed building, probably in Manila, Philippines. Text on front illegible. Verso reads "4/17/46"

Novia James White poses with a B-29 crew photograph, 1945
Novia James White (standing left) poses with a B-29 crew next to the front landing gear of number 32 in 1945. Most of the men are dressed in flight suits, while a few wear khakis.
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