The Aerodrome Home Page
Aces of WWI
Aircraft of WWI
Books and Videos
The Aerodrome Forum
Sign the Guestbook
Help
WWI Web Sites
Medals & Decorations
The Aerodrome News
Search The Aerodrome
Today in History




Name: Cedric Ernest "Spike" Howell
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Unit: 45
Victories: 19
Born: 17 June 1896
Place of Birth: Adelaide, South Australia
Died: 10 December 1919 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Near Corfu, Greece
Cemetery: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
 
 
The son of Ernest Howell of Myall, Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Victoria, Cedric Ernest Howell was a draughtsman before he enlisted. He embarked from Melbourne on 14 March 1916 as a private with the 14th Infantry Battalion of the AIF. After serving as a sniper on the Western Front, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps from 46 Battalion of the ANZAC. In 1917 he was posted to 45 Squadron in France and served with this squadron in Northern Italy in 1918. He scored 19 victories as a Sopwith Camel pilot. On 10 December 1919, enroute from Hounslow to Australia, Howell and Sergeant George Henry Fraser were killed when their Martinsyde aircraft crashed into the sea off Corfu.

AIR 76/240
The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria, Wednesday, 21 April 1920
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Cedric Ernest Howell, R.A.F., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He bombed an electrical power-house with great skill, obtaining three direct hits from 100 feet. With two other machines he carried out a most dashing attack on a formation of twelve enemy aeroplanes. Although badly hampered by frequent jams in both of his machine guns, he destroyed three and drove down one out of control. He is a most successful and gallant patrol leader, and has destroyed six enemy aeroplanes and shot down one out of control.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Cedric Ernest Howell.
   On a recent occasion this officer, leading his patrol of three machines, attacked nine enemy aeroplanes, destroying six and driving down one out of control; he himself accounted for two of these. On a former occasion he destroyed three enemy aeroplanes in one flight. He is a fine fighting officer, skilful and determined.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Cedric Ernest Howell, M.C., D.F.C.
   This officer recently attacked, in company with one other machine, an enemy formation of fifteen aeroplanes, and succeeded in destroying four of them and bringing one down out of control. Two days afterwards he destroyed another enemy machine, which fell in our lines, and on the following day he led three machines against sixteen enemy scouts, destroying two of them. Captain Howell is a very gallant and determined fighter, who takes no account of the enemy's superior numbers in his battles.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Jan 1918 1500 45 Sopwith Camel (B4609) Albatros D.III (DESF) Cimetta-Cadogne
2 26 Jan 1918 1335 45 Sopwith Camel (B4609) Albatros D.III (DES) Sette Casoni
3 23 Apr 1918 0900 45 Sopwith Camel (B5238) Albatros D.III (DES) N of Levico
4 13 May 1918 0615 45 Sopwith Camel (B5238) Albatros D.III (OOC) Coldarco
5 13 May 1918 0615 45 Sopwith Camel (B5238) Albatros D.III (DES) Coldarco
6 13 May 1918 0620 45 Sopwith Camel (B5238) Albatros D.III (DES) Costa
7 13 May 1918 0640 45 Sopwith Camel (B5238) Albatros D.III (DESF) Brenta-Rocca
8 08 Jun 1918 0800 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Phönix D.I (DES) Mt. Tomba
9 08 Jun 1918 0800 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (DES) Mt. Tomba
10 19 Jun 1918 0935 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Albatros D.V (DES) Camporovere
11 19 Jun 1918 0935 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Albatros D.V (DES) Mt. Meatta
12 12 Jul 1918 0800 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Albatros D.V (DES) Feltre
13 12 Jul 1918 abt 0805 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Phönix D.I (DESF) Feltre
14 12 Jul 1918 abt 0805 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (DESF) Feltre
15 12 Jul 1918 abt 0810 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Phönix D.I (OOC) Feltre
16 12 Jul 1918 abt 0810 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Hansa-Brandenburg D.I (OOC) Feltre
17 14 Jul 1918 0800 45 Sopwith Camel (D9394) Albatros D.V (CAP) Tresche-Potzo
18 15 Jul 1918 1015 45 Sopwith Camel (D8113) Phönix D.I (DESF) Costa Alta
19 15 Jul 1918 1020 45 Sopwith Camel (D8113) Phönix D.I (DES) Mt. Forcellona
 
Aces · Aircraft · Books · Forum · Guests · Help · Links · Medals · News · Search · Today