Arch Whitehouse

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Arthur George Joseph "Arch" Whitehouse
Born11 December 1895
DiedNovember 1979
United States
AllegianceEngland England
Service/branchBritish Army
Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Years of service1915-1919
Rank2nd Lt.
UnitNo. 22 Squadron RAF
Battles/warsFirst World War
AwardsMilitary Medal
British War Medal
British Victory Medal
Other workAuthor, writer, Historian, novelist

Arthur George Joseph "Arch" Whitehouse , M.M. was a World War I Veteran and author of World War I aviation books.


Arthur George J. Whitehouse was born in England, but lived in Montvale, New Jersey, U.S.A. At the outbreak of World War I, Whitehouse came to England and enlisted as a Private with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry # 1784. He then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps # 78563. With the Northamptonshire Yeomanry again # 145871. He then transferred to the Royal Air Force # 401090 [1]


He was a 1st Class Air mechanic and Observer with the No. 22 Squadron RAF. On 13 April 1917 Whitehouse and his Pilot Bush were brought down by anti-aircraft fire; Whitehouse believed afterward that the Red Baron mistakenly listed Whitehouse/Bush among the Barons's "credits"-although this was not so.[2] For taking part in shooting down German Aircraft and airplane raiding missions he was awarded the Military Medal with the RFC in November 1917.[3] During the last part of World War I he was undergoing training in England as a Pilot in Sopwith Camels aircraft. As of 28 September 1919 he was a 2nd Lt transferred to the Unemployed List.[4] A notation on his Medal card noted he was awarded the "British War Medal" and British "Victory Medal" [5]
Contrary to reports that he brought down 16 enemy aircraft and 6 balloons,[6] it should be noted that Whitehouse was never an ace, although he took part in the shooting down of four enemy aircraft:[7]

Both Bush and Meggit were Aces with 6 credits


"Arch" Whitehouse was a writer postwar for magazines such as Flying Aces (magazine) on World War I Aviation, creating characters like The Griffon, Coffin Kirk, and others.

In the 1960s, he wrote a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction on aviation and similar military topics.

More recently, some of his pulp fiction have been reprinted by several publishers, including Altus Press.


  • The Adventures of Coffin Kirk (2013)
  • Amphibious Operations (1963)
  • Combat in the Sky
  • The Complete Adventures of the Griffon (3 volumes so far, 2010-2016)
  • Decisive Air Battles of the First World War
  • Espionage and Counterespionage: Adventures in Military Intelligence (1964)
  • Fighters in the Sky (1959)
  • Fighting Wings: aerial combat in world war (1966)
  • Fighting Ships
  • Hero without Honor
  • Heroes and Legends of World War I
  • Heroes of the Sunlit Sky (1967)
  • Hun Killer:Frank Luke, the Ace from Arizona (1966)
  • Legion of the Lafayette (1962)
  • Playboy Squadron {Fiction}
  • Scarlett Streamers
  • Squadron 44 (1965, fiction)
  • Squadron Shilling (1968, fiction)
  • Squadrons of the Sea: The History of Aircraft Carrier Operations (1962)
  • Subs and Submariners
  • Tank:The Story of Their Battles and the Men Who Drove Them from Their First Use (1960)
  • The Casket Crew
  • The Early Birds the Wonders and Heroics of the First Decades of Flight (1965)
  • The Fledgling: An Autobiography (1964)
  • The Military Airplane
  • The Military Airplane Its History and Development
  • The Real Book about Airplanes (1961)
  • The Sky's the Limit: a History of US Airlines (1971)
  • The Years of the Sky Kings (1964)
  • The Zeppelin Fighters (1966)
  • Wings for the Chariots
  • Years of the Warbirds