Lt. Kenneth W. Butler

by Wes Ray
(Creston, IA USA)

Kenneth Butler was my father's cousin. He enlisted after Pearl Harbor. My understanding was originally he was a B-17 co-pilot before being promoted to a B-24 pilot. He was on one of the first Ploesti raids and was killed early in the war, in either June or July of 1942. Their plane went down over the Mediterranean and was lost with no survivors. Until I discovered your website I never knew the name of their plane (Florine Jo Jo). I would be interested in hearing from others who may have known Kenny or know more about the mission he was lost on. Thank you.

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Ref to "Butler down" 7/9/42
by: John Crouchley

On July 9, 1942 entry of Edward Crouchley diary (on this site) he says he saw Butler's plane go down. Sorry for your loss. Edward was my father.

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by: Wes Ray

Just learned that the Florine Jo Jo was the plane Kenneth Butler flew over from the states. It was later renamed The Blue Streak. The B-24 that he was flying that was shot down on July 9, 1942 was named Ole Rock.

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Nice Comment
by: Clark Baldon

Good luck with your search for more info! Thank you Lt. Butler for your service and sacrifice!!!

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