October 26, 2003 by

Pete Howell

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Horace Pettit “Pete” Howell, an Army pilot and war hero, died on Oct. 5. Cause of death was not released. He was 81.
Howell graduated from the Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute of Aeronautics in California, then joined the Army Air Corps. During World War II, he served as an aviator in England and flew 65 combat missions. For his efforts, Howell was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.
When he returned to the states, Howell took a job working at Piasecki Helicopter Corp. in Essington, Penn. He remained with the company for 37 years.
In his spare time, Howell volunteered for Red Cross blood drives, recorded publications for the blind and dyslexic and spoke to school children about his wartime experiences. On Memorial Day each year, he read the names of those who died in combat.

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  1. Kaydon Stanzione

    To the Howell Family. I had the privilege and honor of working with “Flak Happy” Pete for many years. We was a true American Hero (I published some of his memoirs in AIAA Journals). Pete was a figher pilot, flying with the 357th Fighter Squadron – flying P-51’s in harms way. He flew with the greats such as Chuck Yeager. Pete never bragged about his stories (though in a dogfight he shot down two enemy aircraft within 2 minutes). He was a soldier, husband, father gentleman and friend. People who live in freedom should pay tribute to the Pete Howell’s of the world. May God Bless him and his family. Kaydon Stanzione

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