Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Brigadier General James Howell Howard
General Howard was the only fighter pilot awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic combat flying in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.
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
Location. 33° 40.062′ N, 78° 56.368′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Hackler Street and Howard Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Hackler Street. Touch for map. Located in Market Common Valor Memorial Garden. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant Colonel Anthony "Tony" Shine (here, next to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam (a few steps from this marker); Captain Stephen Richard Phillis (a few steps from this marker); Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (a few steps from this marker); Valor in Combat (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt Col Colin Arnold Clarke (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General James Franklin Hackler, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Also see . . . James H. Howard on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 19, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, World II •
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