His brother, Robert M. Coleman, born 5 May 1915, served in the U.S. Army, retired Colonel. He died 29 December 2004 and is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii (Sec. B, Grave 744).

44-11284         MACR 13769

 

On 3 April 1945 a P-51D-5 Mustang, # 44-11284, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Laohwangping, on a mission to dive bomb and strafe the enemy at Yangtong, China. The pilot was Capt. Walter S. Butler, # 0-431383.

 

2ndLt Harry Hill Jr., 0-705582, reported that he was Capt. Butler’s wingman. Butler called and said they would make a last strafing pass. Hill made his pass and turned toward rendezvous. Butler called, “I am hit,” about 2 miles east of the Her Tong airdrome. Flight pilots tried to reach Butler but no reply was heard. They searched for his P-51 or a parachute but found neither. It was erroneously reported that he had safely returned.

 

BUTLER, WALTER SIDNEY, JR., Major, # 0-431383, USAAF

 

Walter S. Butler Jr. was born on 23 September 1920 in Huntingdon, Carroll Co., Tennessee, to Walter S. Butler (1877-1951) and Mabel Glen (Giles) Butler (1887-1954). Siblings were Martha Sue (Butler) Coleman (1910-1964), James W. Butler (1912-1936), Mary Josephine (Butler) Carter (1914-2004), Lucy Thomas (Butler) Hines (1916-2013), Harry Glen Butler (1918-1997), Roy Giles Butler (1923-2000), and Mabel Eleanor Butler (1926-1927).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Jackson, Mississippi, on 26 April 1941, while he resided in Carroll Co., Tennessee. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 3 April 1945 a P-51D-5, # 44-11284, assigned to 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 76th Fighter Squadron, Luliang, China, departed the airfield at Laohwangping, on a mission to dive bomb and strafe the enemy at Yangtong, China. 2ndLt Harry Hill Jr., 0-705582, reported that he was Capt. Butler’s wingman. Butler called and said they would make a last strafing pass. Hill made his pass and turned toward rendezvous. Butler called, “I am hit,” about 2 miles east of the Her Tong airdrome. Flight pilots tried to reach Butler but no reply was heard. They searched for his P-51 or a parachute but found neither. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leafe Cluster, the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Harry G. Butler, born 30 April 1918, served in the U.S. Army, Technician 5th Grade,

He died 23 June 1997 and is buried in the Liberty All Church Cemetery, Huntingdon, Carroll Co., Tennessee.

 

His brother, Roy G. Butler, born 13 September 1923, served in the U.S. Army, Corporal, 2 February 1943 to 19 January 1946. He died 22 September 2000 and is buried in the Liberty All Church Cemetery, Huntingdon, Carroll Co., Tennessee.