The son of Lewis and Adah Whitehead, Lewis Ewart Whitehead enlisted in the London Rifle Brigade in 1914. He was promoted to Captain after he transferred to the 17th Battalion of the King's Royal Rifles. Captain Whitehead received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2682 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Norwich on 23 March 1916. After transferring to the Royal Flying Corps, he was wounded in combat with LVGs whilst flying a Morane BB on 26 July 1916. Flying the Nieuport 17 with 60 Squadron on 11 December 1916, Whitehead scored his first victory when he and other members of his flight shot down and captured an Albatros two-seater. In May 1918, as a Flight Commander in 65 Squadron, he scored four more victories flying the Sopwith Camel. Captain Whitehead was reported missing in action on 20 May 1918. He was last seen in combat with a Fokker DR.I flown by Fritz Rumey of Jasta 5.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920