Howie was born on August 27, 1921 at Toronto, Ontario.
He attended John Ross Robertson Public School and then Lawrence Park C.I. and graduated with his Senior Matriculation.
On November 12, 1940 he joined the RCAF at Niagara Falls, Ontario. He was posted to #1 Manning Depot at Toronto and then did guard duty at Picton, Moncton. He then returned to #1 Initial Training School at Toronto; #1 EFTS Malton(Tiger Moths); #5 SFTS Brantford (Ansons). He graduated as a Pilot from Brantford, Aug. 1941.
He was posted to the Uk aboard the liner “Dominion Monarch” and on to Bournemouth in September, 1941.
He was then posted to #16 OTU at Upper Heyford from Sept. 10/41 to Feb. 5/42 flying Hampdens. He was then posted to #408 Squadron, RCAF, #5 Group, Bomber Command stationed at Balderton, Notts. His crew consisted of F/S A.A.(Albert)Smith, Fredericton (Observer); Sgt. N.W. (Norman) Smith, Liverpool (WOP/AG);
Sgt. W.F.(Bill)Millerd, Vancouver,(AG).
OPERATIONS COMPLETED WITH 408 SQUADRON
25/03/42 Nickel raid to Rennes 4.45 hrs. 19/04/42 Minelaying Frisian Islands 5.35 hrs.
08/03/42 Minelaying Frisian Islands 3.50 hrs. 22/04/42 Minelaying Heliogoland 6.30 hrs.
01/04/42 Bomb docks at LeHavre 4.15 hrs. 24/04/42 Bomb Heinkel factory Rostock 8.00 hrs.
08/04/42 Minelaying Heliogoland 6.30 hrs. 26/04/42 Bomb Heinkel factory Rostock 8.00 hrs.
10/04/42 Bomb docks at Le Havre 1.55 hrs. 04/04/42 Bomb Stuttgart 7.05 hrs.
(aborted - engine U/S) 07/05/42 Minelaying Heliogoland 7.45 hrs.
13/04/42 Minelaying Frisian Islands 4.15 hrs. 15/05/42 Minelaying Western Baltic 3.00 hrs.
17/04/42 Minelaying Heliogoland 5.40 hrs (Shot down by a minesweeper.)
F/O Howard Copeman
prior to discharge from
the RCAF - April 1945
waiting for his turn to fly a Tiger Moth at EFTS Malton - 1941.