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William Edgar Butt

Military

Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Lt Melvin Watson crew. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze. 27-May-44.

Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Melvin Watson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 35 x combat missions. Flight crew for B-24 assembly ship 'First Sergeant', when flares set A/C ablaze, along with pilot received facial burns in the ensuing fire 27-May-44. Awards: DFC, AM, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Nelsonville, OH 17 February 1919
Enlisted Columbus, OH 5 January 1943

Columbus, Ohio

Based Horsham St Faith March 1944 – July 1944

Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 28 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Grove City, OH 17 December 1993

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2021 21:12:07 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/680152850

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2020 16:13:17 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Removed a blank line in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
12 October 2019 12:21:51 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/89056173-william-e-butt
https://www.fold3.com/record/32544943-william-e-butt
https://www.fold3.com/record/621221890-william-butt-1919
https://www.fold3.com/image/668098858?terms=paul%20faggioli

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

458bg.com,Watson crew, crew member list & picture included / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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