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Butler, John Stanley (Flying Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-November-24

Male Head

Birth Date: 1917 (age 26)

Son of Mr. and Mrs. William John Butler, of Orillia, Ontario. husband of Etoile V. Butler of Detroit.

Husband of Etoile V. Butler of Detroit.

Home: Orillia, Ontario

6 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
Flying Officer
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
6 Elementary Flying Training School, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Tiger Moth aircraft 1142 and Tiger Moth 5944 collided in mid-air and six miles north-west of the aerodrome at Prince Albert. LAC P.R. McLean and F/O Butler were killed in aircraft 5944. LAC E.G. Henderson, and F/O R.N. Grest were killed in aircraft 1142.

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This incident involved multiple aircraft:

  1. Moth, Tiger I 5944
  2. Moth, Tiger I 1142

All the aircraft in the above list are in this report.

Crew on Moth, Tiger I 5944

Crew on Moth, Tiger I 1142

de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth

Source: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (serial # RCAF 8922), credit Rick Radell

The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s British biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and many other operators as a primary trainer aircraft. In addition to the type's principal use for ab-initio training, the Second World War saw RAF Tiger Moths operating in other capacities, including maritime surveillance and defensive anti-invasion preparations; some aircraft were even outfitted to function as armed light bombers.

The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until it was succeeded and replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk during the early 1950s. Many of the military surplus aircraft subsequently entered into civil operation. Many nations have used the Tiger Moth in both military and civil applications, and it remains in widespread use as a recreational aircraft in several countries. It is still occasionally used as a primary training aircraft, particularly for those pilots wanting to gain experience before moving on to other tailwheel aircraft.

Overseas manufacturing of the type commenced in 1937, the first such overseas builder being de Havilland Canada at its facility in Downsview, Ontario. In addition to an initial batch of 25 Tiger Moths that were built for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the Canadian firm began building fuselages which were exported to the UK for completion. Canadian-built Tiger Moths featured modifications to better suit the local climate, along with a reinforced tail wheel, hand-operated brakes (built by Bendix Corporation), shorter undercarriage radius rods and the legs of the main landing gear legs being raked forwards as a safeguard against tipping forwards during braking. In addition the cockpit had a large sliding canopy fitted along with exhaust-based heating; various alternative undercarriage arrangements were also offered. By the end of Canadian production, de Havilland Canada had manufactured a total of 1,548 of all versions. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia de Havilland Tiger Moth

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1414), RCAF 400 Squadron (3), Canadian Aircraft Losses (107)
last update: 2022-08-24 12:34:41

Moth, Tiger I 5944

Shipped to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary, Alberta for erection. Delivered to stored reserve. Issued from storage on 30 December 1941, for use at No. 33 Elementary Flying Training School at Caron, Saskatchewan. To storage on 17 June 1942. To M&C Aviation in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan for overhaul, 21 July to 18 September 1942. To No. 2 Training Command when completed. Category B damage in a mid-air, date not known. To Mid-West Aircraft in Winnipeg for repairs, 21 July to 18 September 1942. To No. 2 Training Command when completed. Used by No. 6 Elementary Flying Training School at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in summer of 1943. To No. 8 Repair Depot on 3 December 1943 for scrapping, possibly following a mid-air.
1941-12-03 Taken on Strength No. 4 Training Command 2019-08-20
1942-July-15 Accident: 4 C & FF Loc: Glydon Saskatchewan Names: Stanton
1943-November-15 Accident: 6 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Behan | Goin | Jardine
1943-November-24 Accident: 6 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Butler | Grest | Henderson | Mclean
1943-12-28 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

Moth, Tiger I 1142

Ordered by USAAF as PT-24 42-1006; then to Lend-Lease as RAF FE142. Assigned to No. 2 Training Command (Manitoba and Saskatchewan) at time of crash.
1942-01-08 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-January-26 Accident: 34 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Pellerin
1943-January-29 Accident: 34 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Burton | Sahdforth
1943-November-24 Accident: 6 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Butler | Grest | Henderson | Mclean
1943-12-28 Struck off Strength Struck off, after midair collision on 28 November 1943. 2019-08-20

6 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School (6 Elementary Flying Training School)

An Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) gave a trainee 50 hours of basic flying instruction on a simple trainer like the De Havilland Tiger Moth, Fleet Finch, or Fairchild Cornell over 8 weeks.Elementary schools were operated by civilian flying clubs under contract to the RCAF and most of the instructors were civilians. For example, No. 12 EFTS Goderich was run by the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Club and the County of Huron Flying Club.The next step for a pilot was the Service Flying Training School.
The lads of Course 98 No 6 EFTS Prince Albert 1944

Established in 1940 at the present site of Prince Albert Airport CYPA

More information on the RCAF Station at Prince Albert, SK can be found at
  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Prince Albert SK

  • More information on relief field Hagen SK can be found at
  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Hagen SK

  • International Bomber Command Centre ibcc - Course 98 6 EFTS Prince Albert SK

  • 1940-07-22 Primary Location Prince Albert SK Canada Current site of Prince Albert Glass Field CYPA
    1941-03-17 Relief Field Hagen SK Canada Relief field square turf no runways all direction

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