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Butler, George Alexander

Date of birth:
1919 (Lincolnshire, United Kingdom)
Service number:
108569
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

George Butler served as pilot with 139 Sqdn, No 2 Group, Bomber Command, RAF in GB, 10/1941-4/1942; served with 60 Sqdn, RAF in India, 8/1942-8/1944; commanded 11 Sqdn, No 902 Wing, RAF in Burma, 12/1944-4/1945

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 60 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1944
Citation:
"Flight Lieutenant Butler has flown on a large number of operational sorties, the majority of which have been against the Japanese land forces, although he has also participated in a number of long sea patrols. On one occasion in July 1942 he severely damaged a Japanese four-engined flying boat after an air combat lasting 40 minutes. While serving in the Arakan and Imphal theatre of operations this officer has led the squadron on many low level attacks, releasing his bombs with great precision and achieving excellent results. Throughout almost two years of operational flying, Flight Lieutenant Butler has displayed great courage and devotion to duty, frequently remaining over the target area regardless of fire from the enemy's ground defences."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Squadron Leader
Unit:
No. 11 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1945
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Citation:
"Squadron Leader Butler has a long record of operational flying and is now on his third tour of duty. He has, throughout, displayed a fine fighting spirit and outstanding courage and devotion to duty. Under his brilliant leadership the squadron has flown on many long distance sorties, penetrating deeply into enemy territory. These missions have been completed without fighter cover in aircraft which are virtually defenceless against Japanese fighters and, during the period of this officer's command, no pilot has been lost through enemy action. In addition, Squadron Leader Butler has participated in numerous operations in close support of the 14th Army with excellent results."

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