January 5, 1945
Acting Squadron-Leader Thomas James Whittaker, RAFVR,, Arsenal Football Club trainer in peace-time, who is said to be as adept in diagnosing and treating the troubles of crashed planes as he is when “mending” injured athletes, has been awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours.
Whittaker’s specially is aero engines and fuels, and he is in charge of important work in the RAF, which often takes him at short notices to places as far apart as the Orkneys and Belgium.
Whittaker served in the last war as an ordnance engineer in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Joining the RAF when the present war broke out, he gained a commission on his PT qualifications, but it was not long before he applied for a transfer to the technical side to put his abilities to the fullest use, and was quickly promoted.
A former Arsenal player, as centre forward or half-back, Whittaker gave up active participation in the game when he received a knee injury on a tour with the FA team to Australia in 1925. He then became trainer to Arsenal, and later took charge of England teams at home and abroad. He is forty-three.
(Liverpool Daily Post: January 5, 1945)