The son of Thomas E. W. and Margaret Jane Saint, Howard John Thomas Saint joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Saint received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2139 on a Grahame-White biplane at the Grahame-White school, Hendon on 9 December 1915. First posted to 5 Wing as a bomber pilot, he was re-assigned to 10 Naval Squadron on 26 July 1917. Saint was wounded in the leg on 16 August 1917 and scored 7 victories. Post-war he was a test pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory and the Gloster Aircraft Company.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Act. Flt. Cdr. Howard John Thomas Saint, R.N.A.S.
For conspicuous bravery in attacking superior hostile formations of enemy aircraft.
On the 21st September, 1917, he, with three other machines, attacked five hostile scouts. After getting to close quarters with one of them, he fired three bursts from his machine-gun and drove it down completely out of control.
On the 23rd September, 1917, while leading a patrol of eight scouts, he attacked a hostile formation of ten machines. One of these he drove down, diving vertically, out of, control. He has forced down other machines completely out of control, one of them in flames; and has also shown great courage in attacking enemy troops and aerodromes with machine-gun fire from very low altitudes.