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HOWARTH, JOHN, DFM

Service:Royal Air Force
Service Number:50972
Rank:Flying Officer
Date of Death:31 March 1944
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Medal
Units:No. 460 Squadron, RAAF †

Citations

Distinguished Flying Medal:
During an operational flight one night in July, 1942, Sergeant Howarth's aircraft was intercepted near Hamburg by a hostile fighter. The enemy's opening fire wounded the pilot and killed the navigator. Coolly and skilfully handling his guns, Sergeant Howarth met repeated attacks with devastating fire and, although after the first attack it was necessary to operate his turret manually, he eventually shot down the enemy aircraft. He then left his turret and went to the assistance of the wounded pilot. Taking over the controls, Sergeant Howarth flew the aircraft safely back to this country where his pilot, who had recovered sufficiently, made a safe landing. This airman displayed great courage and initiative throughout.

Burial Details

Cemetery:HANOVER WAR CEMETERY
Grave:6. H. 6.

External Links

The London Gazette - Distinguished Flying Medal Citation (11 August 1942)

Record updated on 21 April 2018.


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