Howard-Jones, Geoffrey Markham

Date of birth:
September 11th, 1919 (Harrogate/Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
December 16th, 2015 (Harrogate/North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.)
Service number:
42229
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Promotions:
24th June 1939: Acting Pilot Officer;
20th April 1940: Pilot Officer (on probation);
20th April 1941: Flying Officer;
20th April 1942: Flight Lieutenant (war subs.)
20th March 1947: Flight Lieutenant (permanent, seniority 1 september 1945);

Career:
1st May 1945: Transfer to Royal Air Force Reserves.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 180 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
April 27th, 1945
Action:
Citation:
"In March, 1945, this officer was the pilot and captain in an aircraft detailed to attack the railway siding at Bocholt. Shortly after crossing
enemy territory the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The petrol tanks were damaged and commenced to leak. The hydraulic system had
also been damaged, causing the starboard leg of the undercarriage to drop to the down position. The aircraft subsequently became difficult to control. Undaunted, Flight Lieutenant Howard-Jones went on to the target and pressed home a good attack. He afterwards flew the
damaged aircraft to an airfield in allied territory and landed safely. This officer set a fine example of courage and determination throughout."
Details:
Flight Lieutenant Howard-Jones was pilot of the leading aircraft of a second group of six aircraft, attacking the Bocholt railway on 21st March 1945. Of the first, lead group, all six aircraft were shot down. After returning badly damaged, Howard- Jones managed to belly land on the Eindhoven airfield. His DFC was awarded in the field by Air Marshall Sir Basil Embry, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, 2nd Tactical Air Force.

Published in The London Gazette dated 27th April 1945.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Received with clasp for "FRANCE AND GERMANY".
Atlantic Star

Sources

  • - The London Gazette of 11th Juley 1939, Issue 34644
    - The London Gazette of 2nd July 1940, Issue 34887
    - The London Gazette of 23rd May 1941, Issue 35171
    - The London Gazette of 2nd June 1942, Issue 35580
    - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 24th April 1945, Issue 37054, dated 27th April 1945
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 1st June 1945, Issue 37108, dated 5th June 1945
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 27th June 1947, Issue 38002, dated 1st July 1947
    - Family records
    - Go2War2.nl

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