Flying Officer Frederick Dick Butland ( J/20423) served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War Two.
He was the son of Frederick George Butland and Katie Constance Butland. The family hailed from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Wellington HF838 Crash
Flying Officer Butland died on 13th July 1943. He was twenty-one years old. At the time, he operated in Northern Ireland with Royal Air Force 7 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit.
On 13th July 1943, he was wireless operator and air gunnner in Wellington Bomber HF838 taking off from RAF Limavady, Aghanloo Airfield, Co. Londonderry. Butland and the remaining four crew members died when the plane came down near the Curley Burn river at Dickey’s Glen, Bolea.
Remembering Frederick Dick Butland
Frederick Dick Butland’s grave is in Grave 14, Christ Church, Church of Ireland Churchyard, Drumachose, Co. Londonderry.
He lies next to John Gouinlock Anderson, a New Zealander airman who died in the same accident. A third member of the crew, John William Hughes of the RNZAF is buried in Grave 3, St Mary’s Cemetery, Limavady, Co. Londonderry.