Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Brigadier General James Howell Howard
While ﬂying his P-51 on a bomber escort mission near Berlin in 1944, he found himself alone in the defense of the bomber formation. For more than 30 minutes, he fought some 30 German ﬁghters that were attacking the Flying Fortresses. During this engagement, which witnesses called the greatest display of combat ﬂying ever seen, he shot down at least four enemy aircraft. No B-17s were lost, and his own aircraft received only one hit.
He became the ﬁrst ﬁghter ace in both the European and Paciﬁc Theaters. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Brigadier General in 1966.
Photos of General Howard, courtesy of Gene Lamar
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1944.
Location. 33° 40.194′ N, 78° 56.393′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry CountyTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Thomas C. “Buddy” Styers (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Master Sergeant Gary J. Moser (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Robert H. Reed (about 300 feet away); Colonel Warren R. Lewis (about 300 feet away); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment (about 400 feet away); Jack Walker (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 29, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 4. submitted on February 7, 2018, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.