Frederick Dick Butland

Flying Officer Frederick Dick Butland of the Royal Canadian Air Force died when his Wellington Bomber HF838 came down near RAF Limavady in Co. Londonderry.

Flying Officer

Frederick Dick Butland

J/20423

Flying Officer Frederick Dick Butland of the Royal Canadian Air Force died when his Wellington Bomber HF838 came down near RAF Limavady in Co. Londonderry.

Flying Officer Frederick Dick Butland (J/20423) served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of Frederick George Butland and Katie Constance Butland of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Flying Officer Butland died on 13th July 1943 aged 21 years old. At the time, he operated in Northern Ireland with RAF No. 7 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit.

RAF Limavady, Aghanloo, Co. Londonderry

Imperial War Museum Photo: HU 99420 (Part of the Royal Air Force Official Collection). Aerial photograph of RAF Limavady, locally known as Aghanloo Airfield next to the River Roe in Co. Londonderry.

On 13th July 1943, he was a wireless operator and air gunner 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.

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.

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