From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Howard McBride '44

Date of birth: 1920

Date of death: April 20, 1945

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

Howard Aubrey McBride is listed on a page titled "Gone… But Ne'er Forgotten":

There were close to a thousand of us when we entered in June of 1940 and formed the new fourth class, the class of 1944. Now, as we graduate one year ahead of time, there are less than 800. But we who go to join the active services are sure in our minds that our friends of fourth class summer who have left us at various stages of the course will find their place in the American Victory Machine, rolling relentlessly on to a triumph over the forces of evil that threaten the life and liberty we all hold so dear.

The Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy 1941-1942 lists him as "Deficient in studies, first term's work. Continued with class pending reexamination. Reexamined and again deficient. Recommended to be dropped. Permitted to resign." on March 7, 1941.


Howard was lost on April 20, 1945 when the SB2C-4 Helldiver he was piloting was shot down over or near Okinawa. He was flying with Bombing Squadron (VB) 82 from USS Bennington (CV 20).

His mother was listed as next of kin.

He is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall.


He was a pilot with Bombing Squadron (VB) 80, flying from USS Ticonderoga (CV 14), as of mid-November 1944; he survived a crash of his SB2C-3 near Manila.

Class of 1944

Howard is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.