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Butler, William Ormond (1895-1962)


Photograph of William O. Butler

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William Butler was commander of the Alaskan Air Force (later 11 Air Force) from 31 March 1942 to September 1943. He was a 1917 graduate of West Point and a rated balloon pilot who had previously served as chief of staff of 4 Air Force. He had also led the first mass flight of aircraft from California to Hawaii in 1941. However, he did not come across to his peers as an energetic and aggressive officer, and Theobald was unable to convince him to stage his bombers forward to Cold Bay and Umnak where they could provide air cover for Theobald's surface force during the Japanese attack on the Aleutians in June 1942. Both Buckner and Butler's own subordinates seem to have worked around him throughout the Aleutians campaign.

Service record

1895-9-23     

Born at Marshall, Virginia
1917-4
Second lieutenant     
Graduates from Military Academy and commissioned in the artillery
1918-8
Major
Air Service
1921

Airship School
1932

Air Corps Tactical School
1935

Command and General Staff School
1937
Colonel     
Commander, 6 Bombardment Group, Panama Canal
1940

Executive officer, 1 Wing, March Field
1940

Chief of staff, 4 Air Force, March Field
1941

Chief of staff, Air Service Command
1942-3-31     

Commander, 11 Air Force, Elmendorf Field
1942
Brigadier general     

1944-1

Deputy commander, Allied Expeditionary Air Force
1944-5-25

Commander, Eastern Flying Training Command, Maxwell Field, Alabama
1944-9-21

Commander, 6 Air Force, Panama Canal
1946-1

Retires
1962-10-29     

Dies at Alamo, California
 

References

Air Force Historical Research Association (accessed 2008-9-29)

FindAGrave.com (accessed 2011-12-17)

Garfield (1965)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-1-21)

Pettibone (2006)

Symonds (2011)



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