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William Edgar Butt


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.



  • 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

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb 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


  • 41-28738 'Meat Around the Corner'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 missions. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Epinal. Left formation at target salvoed bombs, 1 x engine feathered and some control lost of rudders, 11-May-44. Headed for and crashed Jegenstorf, Switzerland. Crew...

  • 41-29295 Bomb Totin' Mama

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-100341

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-100362

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50279

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down and crashed near Mainz, Ger, 13 September 1944. MACR 8848

  • 42-52335 Admirable Little Character

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by FW190 fighters, crashed near Ponthion, ±15km NE of Vitry-le-François, Marne Department, France. Pilot John H. Combs Jr (POW); Co-Pilot Charles W. Roof (EVD); Navigator Eugene M. Hoag (EVD); Bombardier Charles G. Bieber (KIA); Radio Operator...

  • 42-52404 Belle of Boston

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed 8 May 1944, Frettenham, Norfolk

  • 42-95018 Old Doc's Yacht

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29305 I'll be Back

    B-24 Liberator
    Later renamed Hypochondriac

  • 42-40127 - Bucket Of Bolts - First Sergeant

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 42-40127, was flown on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti by Lt. Charles T. Merrill and his crew, with the 329th Bomb Squadron, the 93rd Bomb Group, TDY to the 9th Air Force, to Ploesti, supposedly, returning to Benghazi, Libya, safe...

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...


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


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

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

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

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

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources,Watson crew, crew member list & picture included / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia