A Newbie finding her way about.

Discussion in 'User Introductions' started by CassieRae, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. CassieRae

    CassieRae Member

    Hello Everyone,
    I am rather new to this type of research and I know little about the army and other services and have joined to pick some background and learn more. I am a grandmother and I love Family history, so I am reasonably used to researching. I am discovering the background of the service men and women of the three villages that our history society covers who died in the two world wars, and writing short Biographies for them and adding these to a website. At present I am trying to discover details of the family of this airman. F/O John Gaskell Howard was born in Hakodate, Japan in September 1917, the son of Wing Commander Frederick John Howard and his wife Gladys nee Williams. John had a younger sister Katherine who was born in 1922 also in Hakodate, Japan. They lived there until 1932 when they came back to England. Now on the Incoming Passenger List the family are shown but the father's occupation is that of Teacher. There is no mention of the RAF and his rank. So am interested in how to discover more about the father to understand how he is a Wing Commander cum Teacher.
    John was killed in a flying accident near our village in 1939.
  2. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Flying Officer HOWARD, JOHN GASKELL
    Service Number 39526

    Died 18/12/1939

    Aged 22

    97 Sqdn.
    Royal Air Force

    Son of Wing Cdr. Frederick John Howard, R.A.F., and Gladys Howard, of Notting Hill, London.
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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Service: Royal Air Force
    Service Number: 39526
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Date of Death: 18 December 1939
    Units: No. 97 Squadron, RAF †
    18 December 1939 † Whitley K7260: Aircraft crashed near Kingston Bagpuize, 6 miles W of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, after losing height and striking a tree during a training flight.
    HOWARD, JOHN GASKELL - AviationHeritage.org
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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Welcome aboard Cassie.
  6. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    Welcome Cassie!

  7. CassieRae

    CassieRae Member

    Many thanks Dave for those two, found those yesterday too.
  8. CassieRae

    CassieRae Member

    Thanks again Pat
  9. CassieRae

    CassieRae Member

    Cheers for this Bamboo43
  10. CassieRae

    CassieRae Member

  11. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    Welcome to the forum.

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  12. CassieRae

    CassieRae Member

    Many thanks Lesley
  13. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: John G Howard
    Death Age: 21
    Birth Date: abt 1918
    Registration Date: Dec 1939
    Registration district: Abingdon
    Inferred County: Berkshire
    Volume: 2c
    Page: 745

    UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
    Name: John Gaskell Howard
    Death Date: 18 Dec 1939
    Cemetery: St. John the Baptist Churchyard
    Burial or Cremation Place: Kingston Bagpuize, Vale of White Horse District, Oxfordshire, England
    Has Bio?: Y
    URL: https://www.findagrave.com/mem...

    Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk II K7260, 18 Dec 1939
    Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II K7260, 97 Squadron, RAF Abingdon: Written off (destroyed) 18/12/39. The crew was performing a training exercise and left RAF Abingdon in the morning. While cruising at low altitude, aircraft hit a tree and crashed inverted in flames in a field located near Kingston Bagpuize, some 6 miles west of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. All three crew members were killed:
    Flying Officer John Gaskell Howard (aged 22, Service Number 39526) killed
    Pilot Officer Clair Neil Robinson (aged 19 Service Number 75171) killed
    Sgt Albert Coe (aged 23, Service Number 565860) killed
    NOTE: At the time of the above accident Kingston Bagpuize was part of Berkshire, until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.

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  14. CassieRae

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  15. CassieRae

    CassieRae Member

    Many thanks for this help.

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