On 16-February-1943 in B-17F 42-5175 while serving as Co-Pilot the aircraft was damaged by flak and 2 engines were hit on the bomb run over St. Nazaire, France. Fighters then attacked and Lt Downing gave orders to bale out. He baled out near Lannion, France and managed to evade capture returning to England on 24-Apr-43.
Howard retired from the AF 30 September 1964. Took a flying job with Air America March 1965. Flew as Captain in Los, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was killed in an air crash.
Units served with
Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-17F 42-5175 was delivered at Denver 6-Oct-42; New Castle 4-Nov-42; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 16-Nov-42; Missing in Action 16-Feb-43 while on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. Aircraft was severely damaged by flak...
16 February 1943
The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....
Military site : airfield
Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...
||16 February 1943 – 24 April 1943
He baled out of the stricken aircraft near Lannion, France and managed to evade capture returning to England on 24-Apr-43. The evasion is documented on Escape & Evasion Report #30 which may be viewed at: http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-30.pdf;
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