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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 49081
Last updated: 31 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX
Owner/operator:74 (Tiger) Sqn RAF
Registration: PV311
C/n / msn: 4D-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:B.85 Schijndel, the Netherlands
Destination airport:
Ivan William Butler was born in 1923 the son of Henry and Maud Butler, of Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.

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.
W/O (NZ422257) Ivan William BUTLER (pilot) RNZAF - killed

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
27-Mar-2013 14:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Sep-2013 07:44 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
05-Apr-2015 10:30 Don Diego Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
02-Jun-2015 15:41 King Updated [Time, Operator]
25-Aug-2017 11:14 pietrzak Updated [Operator, Source, Photo, ]
30-Oct-2018 08:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
21-Feb-2020 14:38 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source]
21-Feb-2020 14:39 TigerTimon Updated [Location, Source]

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