Donald Stanley Pearse HOWE

HOWE, Donald Stanley Pearse

Service Number: 401956
Enlisted: 26 April 1941
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Kew, Victoria, Australia, 15 August 1919
Home Town: Kooyong, Stonnington, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, Bay of Biscay, Atlantic Ocean, 29 November 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated: - Panel 187, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, England, United Kingdom.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

26 Apr 1941: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, 401956, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
26 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force
26 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 401956
29 Nov 1943: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, 401956, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF), Presumed dead, when aircraft, Sunderland III JM676 of 461 Squadron crashed at sea.

Loss of Don Howe and crew

F/Lt Don Howe from Melbourne Vic had trained for operational flying as first officer on Roger Newton's crew , with Norman Sheehan, before being promoted to crew captain.
On the 29 November 1943 he was conducting a anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay when he reported "being attacked by enemy aircraft" nothing further was heard from the crew
In 1999 a photograph of his Sunderland engulfed in a ball of smoke and flame was discovered in a book on the Luftwaffe crews who battled the Sunderland's over the Bay during 1943-1944 It had been taken by a German pilot who had shot down the Sunderland when a cannon shell hit a depth charge on board the flying boat causing it to explode in mid air .No member of the Sunderland's crew survived the explosion
Those lost were
F/Lt D.S.P Howe
F/O J.J. Dupont DFM of Toorak Vic
P/O G.Y. Temple of Reade Park Adelaide SA
F/O W.J. Withers of Inverell NSW
F/O G. W .B. Bye of Bellevue Hill NSW
F/Sgt L White of Cambridge England
F/Sgt J.H Royal of Taringa Brisbane QLD
F/Sgt L.G Studman of Osborne Park Perth WA
F/Sgt W.K Moritz of Hawthorne Vic
F/O K .V. Hore of Roseville NSW
F/O E.R. Critcher of Homebush NSW
F/Sgt R Jeffreys of Glasgow
F/Sgt J.H .Poulten of Roseville NSW

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