John E. HOWLEY

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICE16110646
AGE20 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1924 MICHIGAN
ETATWayne Country MICHIGAN
FAMILY 
RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONGunner
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENT Machinist apprenticeMI
DATE of ENLISTEMENT24 September 1942 to Detroit MICHIGAN
 SQUADRON350th Bomber Squadron
 GROUP100th Bomber Group Heavy
ARMY8th US Air Force
DATE OF DEATH18 March 1944howley john tombe
STATUSKIA
PLACE OF DEATHLes Defens Commune de Conteville à 12 km au sud-ouest d'Aumale
DATA PLAN

 B-17 Fortress - type G-1-VE - s/n 42-39830 LN*Y "Berlin Playboy"

b17

Macr: 3234

Mission: Augsburg (All)

Takeoff station 139 Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk

Collision with B-17 42-37913 driven by Lt Stucke of 418th BS

The camera breaks in 2 parts - Crash 12:10

CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY of Colleville

Map of Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
D1042
DECORATION

Purple Heart

World War II Victory Medal

Photo FDLM

victory medal

usaf 8air force  100bg  350bs

 

STORY

Story by Richard FAULKNER

Only survivor of the crash.

When he fell on French soil in 1944, he was exfiltrated by the resistance thanks to the help of a local farmer.

He refused the purple heart at the time.

He considered at that time to have done simply his duty ...

Richard was a belly gunner and he crawled out of his post.

His first parachute not working, he had to use the second.

70 years later he decided to receive this medal simply for these little children.

Like all he kept for 70 years for him what he had lived at the time

FAULKNER richard purple heart Remise de la Purple Heart à Richard FAULKNER

Presentation of the Purple Heart to Richard FAULKNER (89 years old)

Richard FAULKNER

 

Crew of B-17 Fortress - type G-1-VE - s/n 42-39830 LN*Y

"Berlin Playboy"

 

2nd Lieutenant Paul A. MARTIN Pilot KIA - Camp Butler Nat Cemetery Springfield, ILLINOIS
1st Lieutenant Thomas CRYAN Co Pilot KIA - St Patrick Cemetery Lowell, MASSACHUSETTS
2nd Lieutenant Albert F. RACZ Bomber KIA
2nd Lieutenant Tom F. HUGHES Navigator KIA - Homewood Memorial Gardens, Cook Co, ILLINOIS
T/Sergeant eRussell E. LONGDON Radio / Gunner KIA - Woodlawn Cemetery Wilkinsburg, PENNSYLVANIA
T/Sergeant Levi O. TONN Mécanicien / Gunner KIA -
S/Sergeant Richard J. FAULKNER Gunner Ejected from the unconscious plane, collected per capita, escaped by boat on 14/15 April 1944
S/Sergeant Veryl A. LUND Gunner Right KIA - Clarkfield Cemetery Yellow Med Co, MINNESOTA
S/Sergeant Lonnie J. ALBIN Gunner Left KIA -
S/Sergeant  John E. HOWLEY Gunner KIA -

 

The numbers of 100th Bomber Group Heavy

 

First mission: 25 June 1943
Second mission: 20  April 1945
Number of missions: 306
Number of credited outings: 8630
Total bomb (in tons): 19 257
Reports 184 Missing Air Crew
229 aircraft were lost or recovered
768 KIA / MIA men and 939 prisoners of war
6 "Chowhound" missions in May 1945, drop food to Dutch citizens hungry.


SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOClive TIRLEMONT - 100thbg.com - Francecrashes39-45.net - Frédéric LAVERNHE
PROGRAMMERGarrett, Clive, Frédéric & Renaud
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