Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. A F Butterick

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Alec Frank Butterick was born in 1917, he joined the RAFVR in April 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He was serving with 3 Squadron at the outbreak of war. On 10th September 1939 he crashed his Hurricane in bad visibility and was admitted to Faversham Cottage Hospital with a broken ankle and injuries to the spine.



On 17th July 1940 Butterick moved to Sumburgh in the Shetlands, when "B’ Flight of 3 Squadron was sent there to become 232 Squadron. On the 23rd he ditched off the Shetlands in Hurricane P3861 after his engine failed.

Butterick went to Egypt in early 1941 and was posted to 33 Squadron in Greece on 18th April. The squadron was withdrawn to Crete and lost all its aircraft during the German airborne invasion.

Butterick ended up in hand-to-hand fighting with German paratroops on Hill 107 above Maleme airfield. He was shot in the knee and captured. He was flown to Athens where his leg was amputated.

Commissioned in September 1945, Butterick stayed on in the RAF for several years after the war and was released as a Flying Officer.

Butterick died in 1960.

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