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Robert R Butler Jr

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Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany 10/19/44 where they were to bomb the railroad marshalling yard. Aboard B-24 tail 42-94913 nicknamed “Pregnant Peggy” when three minutes before dropping bombs, his aircraft lost control due to prop wash from the lead aircraft causing Pregnant Peggy to pancake onto B-24 42-94903 Bomber's Moon. Both A/C crashed in Edenkoben, Germany. Butler Killed in Action (KIA). Two crew from Pregnant Peggy (2/Lt. Lloyd W. Krumrey/Co-Pilot; and S/Sgt Richard F. Phillippy/Radio Operator) parachuted and became POWs until the end of the war. Two crew from Bomber's Moon (2/Lt. Charles A. Rath/Co-Pilot and Sgt Bruce D. Anderson/Waist Gunner parachuted and also became POWs. MACR 9636.

Awards: Purple Heart and Air Medal

Service

People

  • John Aiken

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Mid air collision with B-24 42-94913, both A/C fell out of the sky. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9636. Awards: PH.

  • Bruce Anderson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Mid air collision with B-24 42-94913, both A/C fell out of the sky. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9636. Awards: AM, PH.

  • John Crompton

    Military | Sergeant | Nose gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 847BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Lost control due to propwash from lead aircraft and pancaked onto B-24 42-94903 'Bombers Moon', both A/C fell out of the sky. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9636. ...

  • Loyola Doherty

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Mid air collision with B-24 42-94913, both A/C fell out of the sky. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9636. Awards: PH.

  • Daniel Dudek

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Mid air collision with B-24 42-94913, both A/C fell out of the sky. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9636. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Virgil Everhart

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Mid air collision with B-24 42-94913, both A/C fell out of the sky. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9636. Awards: PH.

  • Lewis Francis

    Military | Flight Officer | Bombardier | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Mid air collision with B-24 42-94913, both A/C fell out of the sky. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9636. Awards: PH.

  • Clarence Harding

    Military | Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Mid air collision with B-24 42-94913, both A/C fell out of the sky. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 9636. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Hurley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 489th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed in B-24 'Pregnant Peggy' 42-94913 ...

  • Eugene Kader

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 489th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed in B-24 'Pregnant Peggy' 42-94913 ...

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 489th Bomb Group

    489th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 489th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators out of Halesworth, Suffolk, for several months from May 1944 until later in the year. The Group flew tactical missions in support of ground forces in northern France. It was in this tactical role that the crews...

  • 844th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-94913 'Pregnant Peggy'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Mainz, Germany. Lost control due to prop wash from lead aircraft and pancaked onto B-24 42-94903 'Bomber's Moon', both A/C fell out of the sky. Two crew from each ship parachuted...

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Virginia, USA 7 July 1923

Son of Robert R Butler, Sr. and Hilda Butler. Brother to nine siblings, one of which was on a B-24 crew in the 15th Army Air Force Corps '44-"45.

Lived in Winchester, Virginia 1941

Moved to Blacksburg, Virginia in 1941 to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute Aviation Mechanic's School.

Enlisted Richmond, VA, USA 19 May 1943

Induction

Based Halesworth August 1944 – 19 October 1944

Assigned to 844BS, 489BG, 8AF USAAF. Arrived in Halesworth in late August 1944.

Died 67480 Edenkoben, Germany 19 October 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to bomb railroad marshalling yards in Mainz, Germany. Lost control due to prop wash from lead aircraft and pancaked onto B-24 42-94903 'Bomber's Moon', both A/C fell out of the sky. Killed in Action (KIA). Two crew from each ship parachuted and were POWs until the end of the war. MACR 9636.

Buried 305 E Boscawen St, Winchester, VA 22601, USA December 1948

Interred 1946 - Lorraine American Cemetery in Saint-Avold, France. Reinterred 1948 - Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia USA

Revisions

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Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Tom Burton, nephew to Robert R. Butler, Jr.;
- IDPF and/or crash report researched by Bill Beigel. IDPF donated to American Air Museum by Bill Beigel. For more information about this flyer, you may contact http://ww2research.com.

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Tom Burton, nephew of Robert R. Butler, Jr.

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Tom Burton, nephew of Robert R. Butler, Jr.

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Tom Burton, nephew of Robert R. Butler, Jr.

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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9636

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