Capt Richard D Buttorff, 369th BS

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  1. Tim M.

    Tim M. New Member

    I'm looking for informations about Lt (then Capt) Richard D. Buttorff and his crew.
    Especially a picture of him and his crewmates.
    They were :
    Richard D Buttorff, pilot
    James D Corcoran, copilot
    Olin O Odom, navigator
    Bertram (NMI) Krashes, bombardier
    Herbert E Reichle, gunner
    Paul E Clay, gunner
    Arnold L Smith, gunner
    Joseph W Mc Clanahan, gunner
    Lyle R Smith, gunner
    Gail (NMI) Mason, gunner

    They flew 30 missions between april and august 1944, including DDay.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Some info here correspondence from Richard D Buttorff.

    From the Fort name suggested there this may have been one of the Forts they flew, source Osborne Fort Log:
    42-97181 Del Cheyenne 6/2/44; Hunter 22/2/44; Morrison 5/3/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Ass 327BS/92BG [UX-X] Podington 9/4/44; tran 369BS/306BG [WW-B] Thurleigh 25/4/44; 92BG Podington 9/5/45; 139m, Sal 31/10/45. STEADY HEDY.

    Edit: Richard D Buttorff updated with photos.
    Obituary here contains some of his training and service detail.

    Crew photo here 1942-1945/Air Crew Photographs/Crew_Photos_B/index.htm?16_M

    Another crew photo here 1942-1945/Air Crew Photographs/Crew_Photos_B/index.htm?50_L

    Richard D Buttorff, 306th BG Mission Record 1944.jpg
    Last edited: May 25, 2017
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  3. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

  4. Tim M.

    Tim M. New Member


    Fantastic !
    Thank you so much for the help.
    I really appreciate.


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