A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 3, 2023 for 24-year-old U.S. Army Air Force Technical Sgt. James Mills Howie of Chester Illinois.
He was serving with the 345th Bombardment Squadron, 98 Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force, U.S Army Air Forces when he died August 1, 1943, in Operation Tidal Wave during the bombing of the Ploesti oil fields in Romania.
Details of the loss are documented in “Missing Air Crew Report #226” in the archival records of the 345th Bombardment Squadron. His remains were not identified. Ultimately, following the war, more than 80 unidentified remains from that raid were reinterred at the Ardennes and Liberator Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.
His remains were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory in the Fall of 2022.
He was born to Minerva and M.S. Howie on June 12, 1919.
Family of Technical Sgt. James Mills Howie: Spouse: Irma C. Howie (maiden-Clausen)(remarried-Bierman); a son: James “Jim” L. (Laura) Howie; a grandson: James “Jim” C. (Laura) Howie and two great grandchildren: Hunter and Tayler Howie
A graveside service for 24-year-old U.S. Army Air Force Technical Sgt. James Mills Howie of Chester Illinois will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Fr. Sebastian Ukoh will officiate.