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John Darvin Howard


Flew missions to France in September 1944 hauling gasoline to Patton's troops. Flew 30 combat missions, the last ten as navigator on a lead crew.

Air Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon w/ 4 Battle Stars



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Units served with

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  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
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  • 681

    17 October 1944

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Born Biardstown, TX 75462, USA 9 July 1922
Lived in Paris, TX, USA 1943

Route #4

Died Dallas, TX, USA 16 February 2014

John Darvin Howard of Dallas, Texas passed away on February 16, 2014 at the age of 91. He was born on July 9, 1922 in Bairdstown, Texas to Nita Kennemer and Gaither Artis Howard.
John grew up in Lamar County in east Texas and graduated from Paris Junior College. After graduation, he went to work for the Paris News until he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He served as a navigator on "The Black Cat", a B-24 bomber, and flew 30 missions out of Attlebridge, England with the 8th Air Force. His crew also flew three gasoline delivery missions to support General Patton's troops in France. At the end of WWII, John returned to Texas where he attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated as a petroleum engineer. He met and married his bride of 65 years, Norma Jeanne Kelley, while he was at the University. John went on to work for Mobil Oil Corporation where he retired with 35 years of service in 1984. John and Norma lived in several small Texas towns, Oklahoma City, Denver, Dallas and Midland before moving to Houston for his last assignment at Mobil. After retirement in Houston, John spent many happy hours on the golf course and traveling to the Cayman Islands with his friends and family. John and Norma moved to Dallas two years ago to be near their children.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Melba Howard, his brother Travis Howard, and his grandson Darren Tremblay. John is survived by his wife, one son J. Kelley Howard and wife, Susan of Plano, Texas; one daughter, Gayle Tremblay and husband, Roger of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Kenneth Howard and wife Sue of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Edgar Howard and wife Dee of Houston, Texas; one brother-in-law Willam H. Kelley and wife Barbara of Seguin, Texas; two granddaughters, Anna Dvorak and husband Asad Kirmani of Austin, Texas, and Sarah Cordett of Orange, California; one grandson, Jeff Howard of Plano, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Will and Zoe Cordett both of Orange, California and several nieces and nephews.

Buried Lockhart, TX 78644, USA 20 February 2014

Lockhart Municipal Burial Park
Caldwell County
Texas, USA
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Date Contributor Update
30 September 2016 02:48:06 466thHistorian Changes to role

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
18 June 2015 03:53:20 Kenneth Howard Changes to media associations

From crew photo

Date Contributor Update
14 June 2015 21:35:14 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
31 May 2015 22:16:17 466thHistorian Changes to person associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 02:11:19 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, awards, events, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:50 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self & Page 300 in the book THE SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition, D790.A2S45