ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 49081
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Narrative:Ivan William Butler was born in 1923 the son of Henry and Maud Butler, of Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.
|Type:||Supermarine Spitfire IX|
|Owner/operator:||74 Sqn, RAF|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Near Brandenburg -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Schijndel airfield, the Netherlands|
Ivan joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force and after training in New Zealand and Canada, was sent to England. He became a fighter pilot with 74 Squadron, flying Spitfires.In early 1945, the squadron was based on the European mainland, hopping from airfield to airfield in order to support the Allied armies.
On 25 February the squadron was based at Schijndel airfield, the Netherlands. W/O Butler was tasked to fly and armed reconnaissance mission, probably into Germany, in support of ground troops. W/O Butler took off from Schijndel at 08.30 in Spitfire LF.IX PV311. He was shot down after attacking a train. Ivan survived and was picked up by the US 29th Casualty Clearing Centre and brought to the 24th Evacuation Hospital near Brandenburg, Germany. He died of his wounds the next day.
He had logged 645 hours flying.
Initially he was buried at Margraten American Military Cemetery. After the war he was reburied at
Nederweert War Cemetery, grave IV. D. 5.
http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1945%20sec_tcm5-7286.pdf http://www.basher82.nl/Data/Nederweert/Butler.htm http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/p094.htm
||Dr. John Smith
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