Howard, Lieutenant Francis

No 2 Sqn AFC

Francis Howard came from Clunes, Victoria. He was born on 17 April 1894 and was a Railway Engineering Assistant when he joined the 5th Field Engineers in Melbourne on 2 September 1915. After promotion to Sergeant, he departed from Melbourne on HMAT A40 Ceramic on 24 November. He was wounded in the chest and arm in France in August 1916 and evacuated to England. After recovery from his wound, he transferred to the AFC in August 1917 and, after pilot training, was commissioned in January 1918 and posted to No 2 Sqn in June after a period with No 1 Aeroplane Supply Depot. Promotion to Lieutenant came in April 1918.

Lt Howard is mentioned in the Official History, together with Lt A L Long, for his action in bombing a château and some huts near Froyennes aerodrome on 18 October, when two bombs hit the
château and others set the huts on fire.

He was killed in action over Tournai while on an Offensive Patrol at 0655 on 27 October 1918 while
flying SE 5a D6950 “V”. The circumstances of his death remain unknown.

Lt F Howard has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

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