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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