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.

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Units served with

Personnel of the 458th Bomb Group gather around a B-24 Liberator (serial number 41-29303) nicknamed "Liberty Lib" in order to transfer a casualty into a waiting ambulance. Image via Harry Holmes. Written on slide casing: '458th BG.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 754th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14096939 / O-798384
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Meat Around the Corner
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 754th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Bomb Totin Mama
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 754th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Ill be Back
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 755th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 753rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 458th Bomb Group 754th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Nelsonville, OH 1919-02-17

Enlisted

Columbus, OH 1943-01-05 Columbus, Ohio

Died

Grove City, OH 1993-12-17

Based

Horsham St Faith Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Other

Discharged USAAF

1945-09-28 Honourable discharge.

Revisions

Date7 Feb 2021 21:12:07
ContributorAl_Skiff
Date13 Apr 2020 16:13:17
Contributorjmoore43
Sources

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

Date27 Sep 2014 18:27:54
ContributorAAM
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