Minlaton Harry Butler Memorial Plane Back to Search

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Location Main St and North Terrace, Minlaton, Yorke Peninsula - South Australia, Australia
Type memorial
Description

Museum to Captain Harry Butler A.F.C., it contains  his aircraft "The Red Devil", the sole remaining Bristol MC1 fighter plane of a total of 130 made in England during WW1.  A scale model of the aircraft is also located in the memorial. Two white metal plaques are affixed to the front of the building. Four data boards are located within the area.

Built O.A. Klaebe & Sons
Opened Not yet discovered
Inscription

Face:

CAPT. HARRY BUTLER A.F.C.

MEMORIAL

Left plaque:

THIS MEMORIALWAS UNVEILED BYC. BURT TILBROOK M.M. ESQ.AND DEDICATED BYRev. ROGER S.CORRELL Th.L.11TH OCTOBER 1958

Right plaque:

THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN ERECTED BYMINLATON & DISTRICTIN HONOUR OFCapt. HARRY BUTLER A.F.C.AND THE PIONEERS OF AVIATIONAND AS A WAR MEMORIAL TO THOSE WHO SERVEDIN DEFENCE OF AUSTRALIA

Interior:Data board 1:

CAPt. HENRY (HARRY) JOHN BUTLER A.F.C.* BORN: YORKETOWN…9TH NOV 1889..* EDUCATED: KOOLYWURTIE PUBLIC SCHOOL…ENLISTED IN ENGLAND IN ROYAL FLYING CORPS early 1916…PROMOTED CAPTAIN & FLIGHT COMMANDER…Awarded "MENTION in DESPATCHES" early 1918And later "AIR FORCE CROSS" Wounded on Active Service…TALENTED AS INSTRUCTOR-2,700 Pupils…PURCHASED PLANES IN ENGLAND….RETURNED TO AUSTRALIA 3RD JULY 1919….HOME FLIGHT TO MINLATON 6TH AUG. 1919….Pioneer in Aviation in AustraliaSkilled in…..

AEROBATICS

BARNSTORMING

AERIAL DISPLAY

MAIL & PASSENGER FLIGHTS

FORMED AVIATION COMPANY

CRASHED in AVRO BIPLANE 11TH JAN. 1922….DECEASED 29TH JULY 1924-AGED 34 YEARS…."LEST WE FORGET""To an outstanding Aviator and Man…"

Data board 2:

"THE RED DEVIL"THIS MACHINE-No C5001-WAS DELIVERED TO THE ROYAL FLYING CORPSON 4TH FEBRUARY 1918. IT WAS FIRST FLOWN ON 28TH MAY 1918 BY 'E' FLIGHT OF No. 4AUXILARY SCHOOL FOR AERIAL GUNNERY, ROYAL FLYING CORPS, ATMARSKE-BY-THE-SEA, YORKSHIRE.THE ENTRIES IN THE LOG BOOK FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER 1918 READ "FIGHTING PRACTICE'-USUALLY 20 MINUTES A DAY.THE LAST ENTRY IN THE LOG BOOK WHILE STILL OWNED BY THE FLYINGCORPS WAS MADE ON 25TH JANUARY 1919.CAPT. HARRY BUTLER A.F.C. PURCHASED THIS PLANE FROM THE BRITISHGOVT. AND SHIPPED IT TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN 1919 AND USED IT TO CARRYAN AIR MAIL FROM ADELAIDE TO HIS HOME TOWN, MINLATON, ON 6TH AUG.1919THIS WAS THE FIRST FLIGHT ACROSS SEA IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHEREBY ANY PLANE.THE 'RED DEVIL' WAS THEN FLOWN BY CAPT. BUTLER FOR JOYRIDES,BARNSTORMING AND PEACE LOAN PROMOTIONS.THE PLANE WAS MODIFIED IN 1931 BY CAPT. H.C.MILLER AND FITTEDWITH A 110 H.P. DE HAVILAND GYPSY ENGINE. IT WAS LAST FLOWN IN 1945.THE PLANE WAS GRANTED A CERTIFICATE OF AIRWORTHINESS FOR TESTFLYING AT PARAFIELD AIRPORT WHERE IT WAS RENOVATED IN 1958 BEFOREBEING PLACED IN THIS BUILDING.MR. BOB OSBORNE [A CONTEMPORARY OF BOTH CAPT. BUTLER AND CAPT.MILLER] REFITTED THE LE RHONE ENGINE IN 1973 AND IT IS CONSIDERED THATTHE PLANE NOW APPEARS AS IT DID WHEN PURCHASED BY CAPT. BUTLER.IT IS BELIEVED THAT APPROXIMATELY 200 OF THESE BRISTOL MILITARYMONOPLANES WERE MANUFACTURED AND THAT THIS PLANE IS NOW THEONLY ONE OF THIS TYPE IN EXISTENCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

Data board 3:

SPECIFICATIONS OF THEM.1c BRISTOL MILITARY MONOPLANEDESIGNED FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WITH GREATURGENCY IN 1916 TO MEET THE PRESSING NEED FOR AFAST SINGLE SEAT FIGHTER AEROPLANE WITH THEGREATEST POSSIBLE FIRE POWER.TYPE SINGLE SEAT SHOULDER-WING FIGHTER MONOPLANE.CONSTRUCTION FUSELAGE: STRUCTURE OF WIRE BRACES, WOODENMEMBERS FAIRED TO A CIRCULAR SECTION BYFORMERS AND STRINGERS, AND FABRIC COVERED.SHEET ALUMINIUM COVERING FORWARD OF WING.ENGINE COWLING: SHEET ALUMINIUM.AIRSCREW SPINNER: ALUMINIUM.WINGS: WOOD WITH FABRIC COVERED AND BRACEDEXTERNALLYDIMENSIONS SPAN: 9.3 M {30'9"]LENGTH: 6.2.M [20'5"]HEIGHT: 2.5. [8.'5"]WING AREA 3.4. SQ.M [145 SQ FT.]WING CHORD 1.8M [5'11"]WEIGHT EMPTY 385 KG. [850 lbs]WEIGHT LOADES 589 KG [1300 lbs]POWER ONE 110 H.P. LE RHONE NINE CYLINDERAIR COOLED ROTARY RADIAL ENGINEARMAMENT ONE SYNCHRONISED VICKERS MACHINE GUNMOUNTED ON TOP OF THE FRONT FUSELAGEAND FIRING THROUGH PROPELLOR.PERFORMANCE SPEED 209 KM/H [130 M.P.H.]LANDING SPEED 78.8 KM/H [49 M.P.H.]DESIGNER FRANK BARNWELLBUILDER THE BRITISH AND COLONIAL AEROPLANE COMPANY.

Data board four:

Harry Butler Memorial

Mr. C. Tilbrook, Chairman of Directors of Aviation Services (S.A.) Ltd.

(and former resident of Minlaton) saw the monoplane of the late Captain

Harry Butler slung to the roof of a hangar at Guilford Airport, Western

Australia.

 

Always an admirer of the late flyer, he knew that the plane had great

historical value and he began a series of moves which culminated in the

aircraft being given free of cost to the people of Minlaton by its owner,

Captain H.C. Miller, of McRobertson-Miller Airlines Ltd.

 

At a public meeting held in October 1956, the people of Minlaton

endorsed Council action in accepting the plane for housing in a Memorial to

be established at Minlaton by public subscription.

 

The builder, O.A. Klaebe & Sons, laid the foundations in December

1957, and constructed the building at a cost of £2,328

 

The building was opened on 11th October 1958, by Mr Tilbrook,

whose efforts to return the plane to Minlaton had finally been made

worthwhile.

 

The plane was restored at the time in every detail at Parafield by

Aviation Services (S.A.) Ltd.

 

Condition

MAINTAINED BY: Minlaton Council

PECULIARITIES/DAMAGE: Nil

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BUTLER, Henry John

Service number OFFICER
Captain
Royal Flying Corps
British Forces (All Conflicts)
Born 9 Nov 1889

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