BUTLER, JOHN E., First Lieutenant, # 0-679992, USAAF

 

John E. Butler was born in 1921 in Madison, Dane Co., Wisconsin, to John Patrick Butler (1882-1968) and Alma A. (Scheer) Butler (1885-    ) (Germany). Siblings included Ruth Elizabeth (Butler) Crossen (1909-1982), Lucille M. Butler (1912-    ), and Dorothy Elizabeth (Butler) Jones (1917-1987).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Madison, Wisconsin, on 6 April 1942. He completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. He was multi-engine rated. On 23 July 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93349, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, at Moran, India, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to Myitkyina, Burma. All squadron aircraft in the area were told to look for the C-47A. A search C-47 searched for 2 successive days – of a 20 square mile area. The area was immediately south of Shadazup, Burma in the Huking Valley. An aircraft was reported down in the area but, the search found nothing. The C-47 wreckage was found after the Japanese surrendered and the indistinguishable remains recovered by Graves Registrations.

The remains of the crew were buried on 3 September 1949 in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lamay, Missouri (Sec 82, Graves 58 and 59).

MYERS, BYRON WAYNE, Second Lieutenant, # 0-767617, USAAF

 

Byron W. Myers was born in 1921 in Kansas to Byron McReynolds Myers (1896-1983) and Martha Susan Myers (1901-1997). Sibling included Kenneth McReynolds Myers (1926-    ). He attended the University of Denver. He was married to Jimmie F. Foote (1924-1965) and they had a son.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas, on 22 October 1943. He completed flight instruction and advanced flight schools. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to 10th Air Force in India. He was multi-engine rated. On 23 July 1944, a C-47A, # 42-93349, assigned to 10th Air Force, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, at Moran, India, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on an air supply mission to Myitkyina, Burma. All squadron aircraft in the area were told to look for the C-47A. A search C-47 searched for 2 successive days – of a 20 square mile area. The area was immediately south of Shadazup, Burma in the Huking Valley. An aircraft was reported down in the area but, the search found nothing. The C-47 wreckage was found after the Japanese surrendered and the indistinguishable remains recovered by Graves Registrations. The remains of the crew were buried on 3 September 1949 in a group ceremony in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lamay, Missouri (Sec 82, Graves 58 and 59).

Myitkyina airfield after retaken by Allies