Howard, James, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1948-1966, US Air Force (USAF)
Service Years
1937 - 1941

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Date of Passing
Mar 18, 1995
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Author of Roar of the Tiger: From Flying Tigers to Mustangs, a Figther Ace's Memoir
Other Comments:
Awarded Medal of Honor while serving with the 9th Army Air Force in Europe.

Assigned to protect a bomber mission over Germany, Colonel Howard single-handedly engaged thirty German aircraft, shooting down three with several other probables either destroyed or damaged. Before it was over, three of his guns were out of action and he was dangerously low on fuel. 

Howard was the only fighter pilot to be awarded the Medal of Honor in the European Theater of Operations.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSTA Long Beach, CANaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNavy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP)NAS Pensacola
NAS NorfolkUSS Lexington (CV-2)NAS San DiegoVF-6 Tomcatters
USS Enterprise (CV-6)CNO - OPNAV<B>US Army (USA)</b><B>US Air Force (USAF)</b>
  1937-1937, NAVSTA Long Beach, CA
  1937-1937, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1937-1938, Navy Pre-Flight School
  1937-1939, NAS Pensacola
  1938-1939, Naval Flight School
  1939-1939, NAS Norfolk
  1939-1939, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1939-1939, NAS San Diego
  1939-1941, VF-6 Tomcatters
  1939-1941, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1941-1942, CNO - OPNAV
  1943-1946, CNO - OPNAV
  1943-1946, US Army (USA)
  1948-1966, US Air Force (USAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II3
  1944-1944 Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord
 Colleges Attended 
Pomona College
  1932-1936, Pomona College
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