T/Sgt. Orvel George Howe

Waist Gunner, Hautman Crew


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Orvel George Howe was born to Auda Howe and Mary Riece on May 9, 1919 in Gotebo, Kiowa County, Oklahoma.  There were at least three other children in the family.  He enlisted on May 29, 1937 making him the crew member with the longest military service prior to joining the rest of the crew.  

Orvel married Jewel Margaret Phillips on November 10, 1941, in Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and they probably had one son. 

During the Kassel mission, Orvel was noted by co-pilot Carroll Snidow to give first aid to Sgts. Tarbert and Waldron, helping the latter to exit the Mairzy Doats.  

Per Harold Giesler’s son, Duane:  Most of the captured Allied flyers, (including Dad) were detained for interrogation at Dulag Luft near Oberursal.  From there, they went to Dulag Luft at Wetzlar for about a week, while they were being processed and assigned to a permanent camp.  Most of the Kassel Mission enlisted men went by train to Stalag Luft lV at Gross Tychow, Poland (including Dad) and most...of the officers went to Stalag Luft l at Barth, Germany. 

The prisoners at Stalag Luft IV (including Dad) were put on the road Feb. 6, 1945 and began a march (ahead of advancing Russians) that lasted 86 days and covered about 600 miles.  Dad’s bunch walked Southwest all the way to Fallingbostel and then back Northeast to Lubeck, Germany, where they were liberated by the English on May 2, 1945.

I believe the same is true about Maupin, Land, and Howe.

After Orvel's return to the United States, he remained on active duty until October 31, 1950.  He re-enlisted on January 3, 1954, and remained in military service until December 31, 1962.  It appears that Orvel probably completed 20 years of active duty service.  After leaving the service, he lived in Dadeville, Dade County, Missouri.  His obituary listsd his occupation as a farmer and shows his wife at the time of his death as “Alice”.  He died on November 4, 1995 at the home of his daughter in Oak Grove, Jackson County, Missouri.  There were two children, a son and a daughter.  Howe was cremated.  His (first?) wife Jewel died in 1993.