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Calvin Jay Butler

Military

Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Clastras, France in P-38 44-23168. Hit by flak strafing train and crashed near Paris on 17-Jun-44. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 5965.

Awards: AM, BS (OLC), POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

Units served with

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 435th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

Associated Place

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Stalag VII-A

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Redmond, OR 97756, USA 15 November 1918

Son of Jesse Davenport and Meda L [Nichols] Butler.

Enlisted Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 612 E Reserve St, Vancouver, WA 98661, USA 10 October 1940

Vancouver Barracks, Washington

Based Wattisham October 1943 – 17 May 1944

Assigned to 434FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Wattisham 17 May 1944 – 17 June 1944

Transferred to 435FS, 479FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion 11 Roman Rd, Ipswich IP7 7RA, UK 17 May 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Shot down / baled out 95450 Théméricourt, France 17 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Clastras, France in P-38 44-23168. Hit by flak strafing train and crashed near Paris on 17-Jun-44. POW MACR 5965.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 17 June 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Died Deschutes County, OR, USA 14 July 2004

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 December 2021 16:09:42 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/173468855/calvin-jay-butler

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2020 03:30:21 jfwells Changes to events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Bend Bulletin: Vanishing Heroes special edition 2003

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2017 09:02:08 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=butler&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/28645849
https://www.fold3.com/page/84933977_calvin_j%20butler/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=173468855

Date Contributor Update
27 August 2017 08:59:53 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=butler&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/image/28645849
https://www.fold3.com/page/84933977_calvin_j%20butler/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=173468855

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5965 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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