Flying Officer Carl Howald - 433 Squadron  

Flying Officer Carl Herbert Howald - RCAF


  On the night of February 4/5 1945, Flying Officer Carl Herbert Howald was serving as second pilot on board Lancaster Mk.I PA219 coded BM-M when it took off from Skipton on Swale at 1734 hours on a night raid to Bonn. Outbound and flying in cloud, it collided with Lancaster Mk.X KB787 VR-M of 419 squadron, both planes crashed south of Luxembourg in the Belgian Ardennes. Airmen from the RAF regiment assisted in the recovery of 14 of the airmen, marking their temporary graves with crosses, before their remains were permanently removed to Hotton War Cemetery.

The crew aboard F/O Howald's Lancaster consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown  Age
F/L Neil Mara - DFC RCAF Pilot Toronto, Ontario 24
F/O Carl Howald  RCAF 2nd Pilot Stratford, Ontario 22
Sgt Leslie J Sims  RAFVR Flight Engineer Ashbury, Wiltshire 19
F/O Wilfred Melbourne  RCAF Navigator Toronto, Ontario 28
F/O Arnold Tyrrell  RCAF Bomb Aimer - 24
P/O Neil Hurst  RCAF W/Op/AG Collingwood, Ontario 24
WO/2 Brian Sheeran  RCAF M/U  Gunner Montreal, Quebec -
P/O William Whitton  RCAF Rear  Gunner Paris, Ontario 22

 F/O Carl Herbert Howald was the son of Herbert and Margaret of Stratford, Ontario and the husband of Ruth of Toronto, Ontario. He had two brothers, Harry and Earl as well as three sisters, Doris, Edith and Louise. F/O Howald was commissioned in early 1944 and was lost while flying on his 21st op. He is lovingly remembered by his surviving family who have kept the name Carl as a family name.


Photo courtesy of Wayne Draper and John Carl Howald, research by Linda Ibrom.