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Howard Samson Askelson


Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x aerial victory. Transferred to 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Post War: Remained in USAF served 31 years as a fighter interceptor pilot and a squadron leader, rising to the rank of Colonel.


Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. The 78th FG flew each of the three US built principal fighters of the AAF in the ETO. In their Thundetbolts, the 78th FG ...

  • 83rd Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Iowa, USA 26 January 1921

Son of Nels Smason and Belle [Jenkins] Askelson.

Enlisted Boone, IA 50036, USA 10 February 1941

Boone, Iowa

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 1943

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Assigned Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 16 February 1943 – 4 March 1944

Assigned to 83FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Paris, France 26 November 1943

Me109 destroyed Paris Area 26-Nov-43.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22, UK 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Transferred Boxted, Colchester, UK 4 March 1944

Transferred to 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Mid Air Collision Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA 5 August 1955

Mid Air Collision over Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Cat 1 damage, pilot Capt Howard S Askelson, 5-Aug-55.

F-86D 53-565 - 97FU.

Died Rochester Hills, MI, USA 7 December 2012
Buried White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery Troy Oakland County MI 12 December 2012

White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery
Oakland County
Michigan, USA.


Date Contributor Update
29 May 2021 19:08:26 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and unit associations

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2016 10:11:19 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book DUXFORD DIARY by the - Duxford Aviation Society, 1989 edition

Date Contributor Update
29 July 2016 10:20:00 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:19 AAM AAM ingest

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list