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Reed Baird Butler

Military

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to HQ Sqn, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Group
    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 357th Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (355th Fighter Group)

Aircraft

  • 42-8000

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF. Transferred to 377FS, 362FG, 9AF.

  • 42-75574

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Elm Grove, Wheeling, WV 26003, USA 7 November 1915
Enlisted Huntington, WV, USA 5 September 1941
Based Steeple Morden 1944

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Gravesend, UK 5 February 1944

Taxiing Accident RAF Gravesend Cat 3 damage Lt Reed B Butler, 5-Feb-44.

P-47D 42-8000 - 357FS 355FG 8AF

Crashed Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK 6 March 1944

Mid Air Collision Steeple Morden/Sta 122 Cat 3 damage Lt Reed B Butler, 6-Mar-44.

P-47D 42-75574 - 357FS 355FG 8AF

Based Steeple Morden June 1944

Transferred to HQ Sqn, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK August 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Died Gastonia, NC, USA 30 May 1991
Buried 1200 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054, USA June 1991

Gaston Memorial Park
Gastonia
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 August 2017 13:32:00 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/88725667_reed_b%20butler/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/25260827_reed_b%20butler/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-75574&Submit4=Go
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9740081

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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