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Howard Eugene Greenwell

Military

Howard Greenwell served with the 357th Fighter Squadron of the 355th Fighter Group, flying missions out of Steeple Morden, England.

Later he joined the newly formed 2nd Scouting Force, (still based at Steeple Morden) a formation of fighter aircraft that were especially tasked with going forward in advance of the heavy bomber formations to visually check the all important weather conditions en-route to the target area, diminishing the risk of bombers having to abort their missions due to heavy cloud.

Although expressly forbidden to engage enemy forces, because of their reconnaissance role, 2nd SF did account for a number of enemy aircraft. By their final mission of 25 April 1945, 2nd SF were credited with thirteen kills in the air, two ground, two probables and eight damaged. Among that total Greenwell is confirmed as having destroyed the 355th Group's first Me 262 jet fighter on the ground at Neuberg airfield, 23 February, 1945.

Service

Units served with

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tennessee, USA 1924
Enlisted Knox County, TN, USA February 1943
Enlisted Miami Beach, FL, USA 22 February 1943
Transferred to 2nd Scouting Force March 1945
Transferred 474th Fighter Group November 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2017 09:33:59 Lucy May Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Sources:
Former object caption in the American Air Museum

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

NARA Enlistment record: https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

1996 355TH FG Assoc. Directory / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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