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Howard James Gould

In memory of:

Flying Officer Howard James Gould

October 18, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/21429

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

9 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Howard and Annie Catherine Gould, of Maryfield, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 164 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

3. C. 8.

Location:

Hanover Military Cemetery which adjoins the HANOVER WAR CEMETERY is reached via the A2 E30 motorway from Dortmund to Berlin. At the junction with the B441 turn right onto the B441 and follow signs for Hanover, Ahlem and Seelze. After 7 km turn right onto Seelzestrasse leading towards Harrenburg. After 5 km and having entered Harenburg turn left onto Harenberger Miele. The Hanover Military Cemetery and the HANOVER WAR CEMETERY are located 3 km after leaving Harrenburg in the direction of Hanover.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Howard James Gould is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Howard James Gould is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Howard Gould– Howard James Gould (Howie) on December 4, 1942, at his Wings Parade, where he was awarded his pilot's wings and his commission as a Pilot Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. 

Immediately after his Wings Parade, Howie was posted overseas.  When he arrived in England in January, 1943, Howie met for the first time his Grannie Gould, aunts, and cousins.  This was the first meeting between the Canadian and English branches of the family since Howie's father had left England to farm in the Canadian West at age eighteen, in 1905.
  • Photo of Howard James Gould– Howard James Gould with his sister, Mary Young, while on embarkation leave in Maryfield, Saskatchewan.  This was a time of great pride for the Gould family, since Howie was the first young man from the village to achieve officer rank.  He was the subject of great admiration, and looked most handsome in his smart new uniform, with the Pilot Officer braid, and the pilot's wings.
  • Family photo– Howie (far left), Geordie, Ollie, Edie and Mary Gould helping with the vegetable garden in the back yard of their parents' home on Robertson Street in Maryfield, Saskatchewan.
  • Family photo– Howard James Gould (center) with his father, Howard Gould Sr., and brothers Geordie (left) and Gordon (in front of Howie.)  Howie was an active, happy, friendly boy, and grew to be a handsome young man, sturdy and strong like his father. 

He could have been a good student but preferred sports, especially hockey.  When Howie first applied to join the RCAF, just after the outbreak of WWII in 1939, he was not immediately accepted as air crew because he had not quite completed his Grade 12.  He served in the ground trades, and in a little over a year moved up three ranks to that of Corporal.  His record in the ground trades overcame the lack of a complete Grade 12, and on March 14, 1942, Howie was allowed to remuster into aircrew. 
He could have been a good student but preferred sports, especially hockey.  When Howie first applied to join the RCAF, just after the outbreak of WWII in 1939, he was not immediately accepted as air crew because he had not quite completed his Grade 12.  He served in the ground trades, and in a little over a year moved up three ranks to that of Corporal.  His record in the ground trades overcame the lack of a complete Grade 12, and on March 14, 1942, Howie was allowed to remuster into aircrew.
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