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Howard Mand Posson

Military

Howard M. Posson hailed from Fresno California. He was one of four children. Howard served with the 322nd Bomb Group/450th Bomb Squadron, 8th/9th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. He received ground school training at the San Antonio Texas Air Corps Replacement Center, 6th Squadron "B" Flight beginning December 27, 1941. He continued on to Sherman, Tx. for flight school/formation flying from April 7, 1942 to April 28, 1942. On September 18, 1942 at MacDill Field, Tampa Bay Florida, Howard became a full fledged B-26 pilot. Howard went over seas in late November 1942. A Los Angeles Times newspaper article dated April 20, 1944 stated that Howard along with four other airmen recently returned from an attack on Ijmuiden, Holland a German held port. Additionally, a Fresno Bee newspaper article from 6/1/44 stated that Howard had 49 missions to his credit.

Howard M. Posson was happily married to Margaret Lyon. They were parents to four children. Howard was known for his good looks and witty sense of humor. Some would say he walked to the beat of a different drummer. Howard M. Posson passed away in 2005 aged 86 years.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 9th Air Force
  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 450th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-31765 "Fightin' Cock"

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. ...

  • 41-31875 'Lady Liberty'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF. 25 x combat missions. Battle damaged on ramrod to Abbeville, crash landed at Eastbourne, half of crew had baled out due to the damaged state of his A/C. Pilot 1st Lt Rowland G Thornton. 3 x RTD, 3 x POW. 28-Feb-44....

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Fresno, CA 22 March 1918

Son of Phillip F and Margaret Posson.

Enlisted March Field, Riverside, CA 19 December 1941

March Field Riverside California

Army Serial No.: 19039573

Based Andrews Field November 1942 – 1944

Assigned to 450BS, 322BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Bakersfield, CA 21 February 2005

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 09:15:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events
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https://www.fold3.com/image/630523781
https://www.fold3.com/image/152144060
https://www.fold3.com/record/78486229/howard-m-posson-social-security-de...
https://www.fold3.com/record/84943624/howard-m-posson-wwii-army-enlistme...

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 02:41:37 PossonNephew Changes to unit associations
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Posson family records/photos, Los Angeles Times and Fresno Bee newspaper articles

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 02:28:33 PossonNephew Changes to unit associations
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Posson family records/photos, Fresno Bee newspaper article dated 6/1/44

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 01:58:43 PossonNephew Changes to media associations
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Posson family/photos/records

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2021 01:18:00 PossonNephew Changes to unit associations and place associations
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Posson family records

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 23:22:13 PossonNephew Changes to awards
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Posson family records and photos

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 23:15:25 PossonNephew Changes to media associations
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Posson family photos

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 23:04:47 PossonNephew Changes to media associations
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Family photos

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 22:53:40 PossonNephew Changes to biography
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Family wartime letters/correspondence, newspaper articles, anecdotal family recollections

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 22:45:09 PossonNephew Changes to biography
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Family wartime letters/correspondence, newspaper articles

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 22:13:54 PossonNephew Changes to media associations
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Courtesy of Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 21:51:01 PossonNephew Changes to service number
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Registration Card/D.S.S. Form 1, courtesy Ancestry.com

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 21:42:50 PossonNephew Changes to middlename, nickname and awards
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War time portrait

Date Contributor Update
22 February 2021 21:39:22 PossonNephew Changes to aircraft associations
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Family genealogy, war time letters/correspondence, family war time photos

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2015 16:23:17 jrugman Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Page 62, The Mighty Eighth in Color, Roger Freeman.

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