Oliver Lawrence Ismay HOWARD

HOWARD , Oliver Lawrence Ismay

Service Number: 406654
Enlisted: 3 March 1941, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 16 October 1917
Home Town: Safety Bay, Western Australia
Schooling: Albany High School, Albany, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation: Clerk, Agricultural Bank, Western Australia
Died: Flying Battle, Atlantic Ocean, 23 March 1944, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Englefield Green, Runnymede Borough, Surrey, England. Panel 257. MEMORIAL ID 15255573
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Runnymede Air Forces Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, 406654
3 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, 406654, Perth, Western Australia
23 Mar 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 406654, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement Flying Officer, 406654, No. 461 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Marshall Sheehan

Oliver Howard was First Pilot in F.H Bunce's crew on the 23 march 1944 when on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay when they were attacked by nine German ju 88's.The crew fought off the German attack shooting down one of the attackers when the Germans  gunfire set fire to a fuel tank on the Sunderland.Bunce ditched the aircraft into a 30'to 40 ' swell .All crew members escaped from their sinking aircraft but five crew members were swept away from it by the swell and perished among those lost was Oliver Howard who had been thrown through the Sunderlands windscreen when it impacted with the water


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Oliver Lawrence Ismay HOWARD was born in Sydney on 16th October, 1917

His parents were Edward Hutchinson HOWARD & Florence Margaret ISMAY who married in Kelmscott, Western Australia on 22nd March, 1913

He married Jean Mitchell NOBLE on 24th February, 1943 in Canongate Church in Edinburgh, Scotland - 1 son Wayne Lawrence HOWARD - they arrived in Western Australia in 1946


His father Edward Hutchinson HOWARD (SN 4306) served during WW1 in the 1st Pioneer Battalion

Two of his brothers also served during WW2

1. Edward Ismay HOWARD - Army (SN WX25153) - discharged 31st August, 1945

2. Ross Ismay HOWARD - Army (SN W9230) - discharged 1942 and Royal Navy (SN F4419) - discharged 1946