Don J. Butcher was born in Sidcup, Kent, on 24 May 1921.
He joined No 3 squadron at Hunsdon and flew Hurricanes IIc. Then squadron reequipped with Typhoon 1b and finally Tempest V.
Although JF-Z(JN862) is known as Flight Lieutenant Remy van Lierde's aircraft, it was in fact flown more by F/L Butcher.
Don Butcher passed away on 30 July 2015.
|In November 1944, on a mission attacking German minesweepers off the Dutch coast, Butcher's Tempest was hit by three 20 mm shells. Despite the damage he was able to return to base safely after the mission.