Image from 28th March 1945 Evening Star newspaper.

Born: 1923, Ipswich.

Died: 10th March 1945; age: 22; Crashed into trees on take off at Barford St. John, Oxfordshire.

Residence: 10, Bruce Gardens, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland.

Enlisted for air crew duty in 1941, trained in the U.K., and Canada. John gained his wings in early 1942.


Rank: Pilot Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 185230.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 16 Operational Training Units.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Father: Percy Walter Howell, born November 1899, Ipswich.

Mother: Agnes Isabella Howell (nee Southgate), born October 1901, Ipswich.


John  was educated at Ipswich Secondary School, followed by employment with the Co-operative Society, Ipswich.




John was living with his parents & siblings at their family home – 297, Clapgate Lane, Ipswich.

Percy, a Floor Moulder – Iron.

Agnes, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Basil J. Howell, born 1924, Ipswich.

Barbara Howell, born 1930, Ipswich.


On the 15th September 1944, Ipswich, John married, Ann Dallas Fraser, born 1920, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland.


Probate to Ann Dallas Howell – widow.


10th March 1945


Aircraft: de Havilland DH. 98 Mosquito T Mk III; serial number: RR287; based at RAF Station Barford St. John, Oxfordshire. Shortly after take off at 22:50hrs for night duel circuit training, the Mosquito lost power and flew into trees.


Ashley Stanley John Fardell; Flight Lieutenant/ Pupil; age 34; R.A.F.V.R.

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