Flyer Who Outfought 30 Nazis
Identified as St Louis Major
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, Jan. 19.—MaJ. James
H. Howard of St. Louis, a former
"Flying Tiger” who outfought 30
Nazi fighters in a flaming half-hour
over Oschersleben last Tuesday to
protect a formation of Flying
Fortresses, was hailed by his Mus
tang pilot-mates today as a “one
man air force,” but he merely said
facetiously, “I seen what looked like
my duty and I done it.”
The 30-year-old, 6-foot-4 Mis
sourian buzz-sawed devastatingly
into the swarm of Nazis during one
of history’s greatest air battles to
become America’s first air-hero vat
eran of both the Pacific and Euro
His exploit rivals for sheer drama
the feat of the missing Lt. Comdr.
Edward H. (Butch) O'Hare, who
single-handed tackled nine Jap
anese dive bombers, knocking at
least six into the sea, and elevates
him to the distinguished and grow
ing roll of American air heroes.
Although the battle was seen by
the crews of the Flying Fortresses
he was protecting, the identity of
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MAJ. JAMES HOWARD.
the lone pilot remained uncertain
for a week, because of the reluc
tance of various Mustang pilots in
claiming victories. Today, however,
the United States 8th Air Force
Command singled out Maj. Howard
as the hero.
Burned Out Three of Four Guns.
Maj. Howard was credited ofll
cialy with two Nazi planes destroyed,
two probables and one damaged in
reports compiled after the raid, but
bomber crews insisted they had
seen the lone American bomber
shoot down six enemy aircraft.
The spectacular dogfight began
Just as Mai. Howard's group was
leaving the target. Corkscrewing in
and out of clouds and over and un
der bombers at 400 miles an hour.
Maj. Howard burned out three of his
four 50-caliber machine guns in the
furious action. Not one of the
bombers he was protecting was lost,[
and his own plane was marked by'
only a single bullet hole.
Maj. Howard said the hottest dog- I
fight of all was with a single-engine
ME-109 which he chased around in
circles for five minutes before "get
ting him in line for a squirt.”
"I was quite busy,” he summed
up, "in a constant merry-go-round
of climbing and diving on the at
tackers, sometimes not firing my
guns but presenting a good enough
bluff for them to break off and dive
Enemy Reluctant to Fight.
“For the first two encounters all
four of my guns fired. On the third I
I had two guns and on th^ fourth'
and fifth only one gun. When I got !
down to one gun I still engaged in
this dive-attack-and-climb game.
“The enemy seemed reluctant to'
Stay and fight and would dive out.” |
While a member of the famous ’
“Flying Tigers” over Burma and
China, Maj. Howard shot down 6V3
Japanese planes, sharing one with
two other pilots, and was decorated
by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.
Since coming to Britain he has de
stroyed another German plane,
t hus bringing his total score of con
firmed and probables to 1313.
He declared that action in China
was small scale compared with “this
biggest air offensive center in the
“Tell you one thing, though,” he
added. "You have a better feeling
flying over France and Germany in
a single-engined plane than you
have flying over Burma. You have
a feeling you’ll get better treatment
here if you go down. There, once
you’re shot down you are either lost
or in the hands of the Japs.
“I have a personal hatred for
every Jap which I don’t feel for the
Illness Forced Howard
To End AVG Career
ST. LOUIS. Jan. 19 (^.—Identifi
cation of Ma.1. James H. Howard as
the American pilot who was the In
dividual hero of the air battle of
Oschersleben was thrilling but not
astonishing news to his parents, Dr.
and Mrs. Harvey J. Howard.
”1 had a notion that it might
have been our boy,” Dr. Howard
said. He added that the modesty of
the pilot was the key to his feeling
that it was his son who had made
the single-handed charges against
the swarm of German interceptors,
shooting down six of them.
"That makes his score 14 enemy
planes,” Dr. Howard continued, “and
I suppose the Nazis will be laying for
him now. But it looks like he can
take care of himself.”
The doctor took time off from a
busy medical practice to recount
the story of his son’s six years of
flying, beginning in 1937 when he
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joined the Navy and got his pilot
training at Pensacola.
He served four years in the Navy
and then volunteered for service
with the American Volunteer Group
in China. After a year with the
AVG he returned because of ill
health after contracting dengue and
After three months, Howard joined
the Army. He received the rank of
major last summer.
Maj. Howard was born in China
in 1913, while his father was there
as department head of Pekin Union
Medical College. Dr. Howard him
self was the center of hair-raising
adventure in China. He was cap
tured by Manchurian bandits in
1925 and held prisoner for 10 weeks
before Chinese troops rescued him.
The Howards returned to this
country in 1927. James received his
grammar school education here and
was graduated from Pomona Col
lege just before the joined the Navy.
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Officials Fear Foundry
Strike Will Curtail
B> the Associated Pres*.
SEATTLE, Jan. 19.—Idleness of
10,000 Washington and Oregon war
workers In a strike of foiuidrymen
today drew the concern of ship
building officials who expressed fear j
that construction of tank-landing
ships and other vitally-needed sea
craft may soon be curtailed.
About 6,000 members of the AFL
Molders’ and Foundry Workers’
Union struck yesterday morning in
protest against what their leaders
termed an unfair wage award by
the Regional War Labor Board, and
by their action a.bout 4,000 addi
tional workers remained off their
jobs rather than pass picket lines.
Seventy-nine foundries were af
T. A. Martin, head of the WLB
regional board’s production services,
said the foundry strike theatened
the region's extensive shipbuilding,
truck and tractor building and ship
Union leaders said a telegraphed
appeal from the National War Labor
Board that the walkout "must be
ended Immediately” would be dis
"Unless concessions are made by
somebody,” said H. W. Sprague,
chairman of the Pacific Northwest
Negotiating Committee for the
Union, “the strike will proceed."
The national WLB also appealed
to AFL President William Green and
the AFL Executive Council, now in
session at Miami, to intercede in
support of labor's “no strike" pledge.
The board said the back-to-work
order had the support of Henry
Stevenson of Cincinnati, the union's
Permit Work on Bombers.
A threat to the production of
Boeing bombers was dispelled by the
union’s agreement to permit aero
nautical workers to pass picket lines
at the foundry which turns out wing
The principal union grievance was
the regional WLB’s refusal to grant
an 7-cent hourly wage increase to
the journeymen's $1.20 scale, al
though increases of 2 Vi to 7 cents
were allowed in lower brackets.
Brother, Sister Starve
Despite Large Estate
By the Aaraclated Prwa.
NEW YORK. Jan. lfl.—An elderly
brother and sister found dead in
beds of their Flushing home of mal
nutrition and exposure by police
Sunday were revealed yesterday by
Public Administrator Alfred J. Ken
nedy of Queens to have left an estate
Including bank accounts, mortgages,
stocks, bonds, property and a coun
try home at Manhasset.
The bodies of William Kenna, re
tired railroad conductor, and his sis
ter Maria, both over 70, were found
by police who entered their home
alter neighbors reported they had
not been seen for more than a week.
An autopsy attributed the deaths to
malnutrition, and exposure.
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