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Some of this information comes from the biographical file for pilot Howard, CH-678000-01, -20, -40, reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum (NASM), Washington, DC.


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C.H. Howard was born at Ashland, OR December 29, 1892 and died October 25, 1936.

As a 1st lieutenant, Howard landed at Tucson three times. On October 17, 1930 and May 11, 1931 he flew Curtiss B-2 Condor bombers. On March 10, 1931, he did not identify his aircraft type.

He noted in the Remarks column of the Register the purpose of his last visit: "In on May 11th 1931, Enroute to Dayton, Ohio for Air Corps Exercises". On May 11th he was accompanied by at least eleven other Curtiss B-2 Condor bombers and at least 16 Douglas O-38 aircraft flying as a group.

About six-months after he visited Tucson, Lt. Howard made a flight that won for him the Mackay Trophy for the "most meritorious flight of 1932" undertaken for the relief of snow-trapped Navajo Indians. That flight, which consumed the better part of a week, is summarized as follows in the “Aircraft Year Book” (1934, p. 99):

“The Mackay Trophy for the most meritorious flight in the Air Corps for the year 1932 was awarded on May 26 to Lt. Charles H. Howard, commanding officer of the 11th Bombardment Squadron, March Field, Calif., in behalf of his organization which he led on a hazardous mission to the Navajo Indian reservation in January, 1932, to drop food supplies to a band of Indians snowbound and helpless in one of the worst storms on record. The food supplies dropped by the bombers averted what might have developed into a tragedy.”


Blizzard Scene, 1932

Photo caption (op. cit.): “Its shadow on the snow below, a giant bomber prepares to drop food to starving snow-bound Arizona Indians.”

News photo of Howard and crew in front of Condor bomber (May, 1933; source unknown).

Charles H. Howard & Crew

The Air Corps Newsletter of November 1, 1936 reports his passing and summarizes his flying career:

“An airplane accident on the night of October 25th, near Bryan’s Mill, Texas, cost the lives of Captain Charles H. Howard and Corporal Edward N. Gibson, Air Corps, both of whom were stationed at Langley Field, VA.

“Captain Howard, who enlisted in the Aviation Section, Signal Corps, during the World War, was an efficient and capable officer, an expert pilot, and was particularly well versed in the field of radio communications.

“…after serving for a brief period with Company C, 322nd Field Signal Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington, he was transferred to Kelly Field, Texas, where he served with the 84th Aero Squadron….
“During the next four years, Captain Howard’s duties related mainly to radio communications….

“In January 1926, Captain Howard was transferred to the Panama Canal Department, where he served for three years, being on duty with the 7th Observation Squadron at France Field for two years, and with the 25th Bombardment Squadron in the remaining year.

“From Panama, Captain Howard was transferred to Rockwell Field, Calif., when he was assigned to the 11th Bombardment Squadron. He also served as Communications Officer of the 7th Bombardment Group. Later, when the Squadron was transferred to March Field, Calif., he was placed in command thereof.”

It was during this time that he and his crew won the Mackay Trophy.

“During the summer of 1934, Captain Howard piloted one of the B-10 Bombardment planes in the Army Alaskan Flight, from Washington, D.C., to Fairbanks, Alaska, and return. This aerial expedition of ten B-10 airplanes was commanded by Brigadier General Henry H. Arnold. The flight was completed according to a prearranged schedule in exactly one month. In addition to his duties as pilot, Captain Howard served as Assistant Communications Officer of the expedition….

“Captain Howard had to his credit over 4,000 hours flying time. He was the author of various articles dealing most interestingly and convincingly with subjects in which he particularly specialized – Bombardment Aviation and Radio Communications.”


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