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    Hi,
    I am new to the Forum. I hope that I have posted this in the correct section.
    I am trying to find as much information out as possible on George. I met him when I was 18yrs old (I am now 51). He owned the local village garage, which I bought when I was 31. I still own it. I got to know George quite well, but as with many veterans, he didn't talk much about his service. He would tell be bits and pieces. I did get the chance to read his flying log. Amazing reading.
    I have this need to learn more about him. I have found mentions in the London Gazette. He was a flight lieutenant with 60 sqn in August 1944 when he was awarded the DFC.
    A year later he was acting sqn leader with 11 sqn, when he was awarded the DSO.
    I know he flew Hurricanes in Burma. I just wish that I remember more from his log. It was 22 years ago that I read it.

    Any guidance as to where to look for information on George would be very much appreciated. I really would love to learn more about him. He was a true gentleman. He was so humble when telling me some of his stories.

    Many thanks.

    Kevin.

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    Hi Kevin,
    George would presumably have been with 60 Squadron during the siege of Imphal. He was OC of 11 Squadron from 27.12.44 to 4.45, both units operating the Hurricane. Now the good news...
    If you go to the Imperial War Museum site you will find under 12341 an interview recorded with George on 13.11.91.
    Unfortunately due technical issues this is presently not available but should be in near future.
    The resume states..

    139 Squadron in UK 1941 and then 62 Squadron, Bay of Bengal 1942. Then the bit you know 60 and 11 squadrons.
    Hope this helps
    Peter

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    Further to the IWM resume, 139 squadron was reformed in UK in 1941 with Lockheed Hudsons and then sent to Burma. Its arrival in February 1942 coincided with the Japanese attack and the remains of the squadron was absorbed into 62 squadron, again with Hudsons.
    cheers
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    There is also an excellent photo of him in Burma stood by his Hurricane on the IWM website catalogue number CF559

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    Wow guys!! That's brilliant news! I will certainly be having a look! Many thanks.

    Kev.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrasier View Post
    There is also an excellent photo of him in Burma stood by his Hurricane on the IWM website catalogue number CF559
    I can't find this. Am I doing something daft? Do you have a link at all David?


    Kind regards

    kevin.

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    Oh my god!! Thank you so much Pete! That is so moving looking at that. I'm choked up.

    Kev.

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    BUTLER, George Alexander, F/L (108569, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.60 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944. Born 1919 in Lincolnshire; home there. Educated at Hiliston Street Public School, Cleethorpes and St.James Secondary School, Grimsby, Enlisted 1940; commissioned September 1941. Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has citation drafted when he had flown 308 operational hours as pilot and was a Flight Commander.

    "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."


    BUTLER, George Alexander, S/L, DFC (108569, Royal Air Force) - No.11 Squadron - Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945. No citation in Gazette; following text from Air Ministry Bulletin 19267 and Flight, 2 August 1945.

    "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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    Thank you for posting that Hugh. I hadn't seen that before either. I'm hoping that the interview on the IWM will be up again soon.
    It'll be nice to hear his voice once again.


    Kev.

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