-Born in 1921 in Idaho
-Resided in Knoxville, TN
-Enlisted in the Air Corps on August 21, 1942, in Camp Forrest, TN
-Mother and Step-Father: Dora and Chas Swaggerty
-Siblings: Estel Joiner, Alvin Joiner, and Margaret Joiner
-Step-Siblings:: C.E. Swaggerty and Helen I. Swaggerty
-Buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO (Section 84 Site 301)

351st Bomber group, 508th Bomber Squadron, 8th Air Force

Aircraft B-17G with serial number 42-102613 departed from USAAF Station 110 on a heavy bombardment mission to Ludwigshaven, Germany.

Statement from 2nd Lt Mark Medick
I was flying as pilot of aircraft #42-97202 which was in No. 3 position of the Lead Element of the High Squadron on a mission to Ludwigshaven, Germany on May 27, 1944. I first saw Lt Howard R. Evans apparently after he had been attacked by enemy fighters because the propeller of his no. 3 engine was feathered. I noticed a white vapor coming from his gas tanks and presumed that they had been hit in this attack in addition to the no. 3 engine. Then I saw him attacked by enemy fighters and a black vapor appeared which indicated an oil leak. After this attack he pulled out of formation and headed toward Switzerland under control. The Alps were plainly visible from where we were. I saw no parachutes nor did I hear anything from Lt Evans on VHF.

The aircraft crashed at Durlach near Karlsruhe.

Crew members
Pilot, 1st Lt Howard R. Evans
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt James J. Duffy
Navigator, 2nd Lt Joseph P. Norton
Bombardier, 1st Lt Roger N. Peterson
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt Donald G. Kopf
Radio Operator, T/Sgt Ronald C. Pope
Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Glen E. Joiner
Ball Turret Gunner, Sgt Jack W. Honsowetz
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Stephen Kovacs

S/Sgt Joiner is buried together with T/Sgt Ronald C. Pope and Sgt Jack W. Honsowetz at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis County in Missouri.

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