Floyd Carl Howe
2nd Lt 0-734692 612th
1922 - 1944
Bombardier onboard 42-31089 (Carolyne)
Mount Auburn cemetery, Greenville, Illinois, USA
1922 - 1944
Floyd was born Feb 28, 1922, Bishop, Effingham, Illinois.
On Feb 3, 1942 he enlisted to the aircorps.
In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG
On his last mission, Jan 4, 1944 Target: Kiel, No. 4 engine caught fire.
Aircraft was turned and headed for England at 1100 hours.
When the aircraft was sixty four (64) miles from the English Coast No. 3 engine went out of commission,
the aircraft was steadily losing altitude so preparations were made for ditching.
Aircraft hit the water at approximately 1245 hours.
Floyd remained on top of the fuselage near the radio hatch.
About that time a powerful wave knocked Floyd in the water and broke the right dinghy loose from the
tail of the ship, ( waves were about twenty feet high.)
Floyd was last seen swimming about half way between the aircraft and dinghy.
About 45 minuts later or 1330 hours a British Mine Sweeper, Monique Comille , with the use of a grappling
hook picked up Floyd and the rest of the crew.
Efforts were made to revive Floyd but he died without regaining consciousness.
He was awarded with an Air Medal and a Purple Heart Medal
In 1944, when Floyd died on the age of 21 he left behind his family :
His father, Robert R Howe, age 59
His mother, Cleo W Howe, age 53
His brother, Gaylon Howe, age 34
His brother, Joseph E Howe, age 31
His brother, Raymond Howe, age 27
His brother, Paul Howe, age 18
His sister, Alma Ruth Howe, age 16
His brother, Edwin Howe, age 15
His brother, Richard Howe, age 14
His brother, Marshall Howe
Mission to Kiel, germany, but they had to return early and crashed in the North Sea
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