Howell, Ernest F., Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
First Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
West Cornell Parish
Last Address
352nd Bomb Squadron
Lucera, Italy

Casualty Date
Jul 26, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot C, Row 18, Grave 19

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 770, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1091, 352nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1942-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Egypt-Libya Campaign (1942-43)
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to family history, Ernest F. Howell, Jr. was born in 1918 in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana to Ernest F., Sr. and Mary Jane Gipson Howell. This same source states that after high school, he helped his mother run a bus line there. It also states he entered the service in September, 1942.

No enlistment records could be located for Howell, but his first known assignment is with the 352nd Bomb Squadron in Italy. Family history states he was stationed in England for a few months, then moved to North Africa when he 301st Bomb Group split and moved. It is recorded that he flew 50 combat missions.

On July 26, 1944, he and his crew were assigned to bomb a German war facility in Weiner-Neudorf, Austria. As the formation entered Europe, the weather worsened, and a Recall was issued. No one in the formation heard the Recall, but the fighter escort did, and returned to base.

Not hearing Recall, the unprotected bombers proceeded to the target. On the bomb run, the formation was attacked by many enemy aircraft. Severely damaged, the Howell aircraft dropped out of formation. Another aircraft, piloted by Lt Kerr, also was damaged, and left the formation. The two aircraft collided, then exploded.

Wreckage of both aircraft landed near the village of Alland, Austria. There were only two survivors from Howell's crew, and both were taken prisoner. The dead were recovered from the wreckage and buried locally. After the war, they were retrieved and moved to other cemeteries. Lt Howell now lies in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium in Plot C. Row 18, Grave 19.


Lt Ernest F. Howell, Jr was the pilot on B-17G # 42-102929, not named, assigned to the 352nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 7143 was issued, but contains no details of the crash. Mission loading lists state the crew was composed of:

1 Lt Ernest F. Howell, Jr.  p
1 Lt Howard L. Woodson  c-p
1 Lt William A. Dawson  nav
1 Lt William D. Campbell  bomb
TSgt Jerome H. West  eng/tt gun
TSgt John A. La Rosa  r/o
SSgt Leonard R. Vodicka  btg
SSgt Wayne W. Hammond  wg
Sgt  Frank B. Mears  tail gun
Sgt  John W. Bauman  photo

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

Sgts La Rosa and Hammond were the only survivors.

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