Family. In the back row (L>R) are Derwin Worster,
Harry Worster and Howard Worster. Directly in
front of each is his wife. 2nd row (L>R): Jean,
Helen, Janet, Mable and Charlie Worster (parents
of Howard). In front row are the children of
Derwin & Jean--Kay, Dona, and Byron. (Picture
courtesy of Mrs. Louise Worster)
remembers this very well. Howard's parents were
there too. Howard had gotten special permission
from his squadron leader to do this. He wrote a
letter from Iceland April 6, 1944. In England,
Lt Worster's crew was to become part of the
548th Bomber Squadron, 385th Bomber Group,
flying out of Great Ashfield, England. The Bomb
Group had been there since March 1943 and were
known as "Van's Valliants" after their
Commanding Officer, Colonel Van Devanter. Lt.
Worster and his crew flew their first mission on
20 April 44.
The crew of
2nd Lt. Howard M. Worster consisted of:
Lt. Howard Worster
(picture via Mr. Bill Varnedoe)
Lt. Worster's crew
was reported missing in action on May 12,
1944. 28 aircraft of the 385th, led by Col. van Devanter himself, flew a mission to bomb
Zwickau, Germany. Lt. Worster's crew took off
in B-17 serial No. 42-31787. It was their 5th
Mission. Sometime during the mission, a German
fighter came in at 1 O'clock, level. The German
was hit and went out of control, passed under
one B-17, but collided with the B-17 of Lt. Worster. His B-17 caught fire and spun down with
the tail falling off. It was the only
loss of the 385th Bomb Broup that day.
Nine of ten of
the crew were killed. The German Red
Cross reported they were buried at Lengenheim, Germany.
Navigator Robert Pellman became a PoW and
survived the war. He passed away in 1995.
Wagner and Sgt. Vernon C.
Burke are buried in Margraten American Cemetery
in The Netherlands. Sgt Melvin Click and S/Sgt
Bernard Kelly are buried in Ardennes American
Cemetery in Belgium. The others were reinterred
in the USA after the war.
1Lt Howard M. Worster
is buried at Margraten American Military
Cemetery, Plot N Row 9 Grave 5.