Lieutenant Francis HOWARD 

Service No: 280
Born: Clunes VIC, April 1894
Enlisted in the Army: 2 September 1915
Unit: No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations, Belgium, 27 October 1918, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: No further information
Place of Association: Maryborough VIC
Remembered: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Arras, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

During the next two days offensive-patrols from both Australian squadrons (Nos, 2 and 4) reconnoitred far into Belgium and half-way towards Brussels.  Few enemy machines were met; the weather was cloudy, with high winds; and only a few fleeting engagements took place. From one such engagement on October 27th F. Howard (1), of No. 2 Squadron, was shot down and killed over Tournai.

(1) SE5a aircraft D6950

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 375-8


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, HOWARD F
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/969 page 402, 138785


Bennett, J. (John William) Highest Traditions: the history of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995

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