Thomas Ian BUTTERFIELD

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BUTTERFIELD, Thomas Ian

Service Number: 416205
Enlisted: 24 April 1941, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 30 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Renmark, South Australia, 24 July 1915
Home Town: Loxton, Loxton Waikerie, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, 12 October 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

24 Apr 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 416205, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Oct 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 416205, No. 30 Squadron (RAAF), Papua New Guinea - Kokoda
Date unknown: Involvement

Killed in action

Widespread sorrow was felt when it was learnt in Loxton that Sgt T. I. (Tom) Butterfield (.R.A.A.R) of Wunkar had been reported missing (believed killed) in air action over the New Guinea area. Sgt. Butterfield was born in Renmark in 1915, and moved to Wunkar with his parents at an early age.
He received his education at the Wunkar School and later attended high school in Adelaide. He was the eldest son of Mr. J. B. and the late Mrs. Butterfield who were well known and highly respected in the Wunkar and Loxton districts. Mr. Butterfield carried on farming at Wunkar until his wife died in 1939 and he then left to reside at Torrensville and his son Tom carried on the farm up till he enlisted in 1940. Sgt. Butterfield did his training in Western Australia, this
State, Victoria and N.S.Wales. Tom was a very popular young man, and
excelled on the sports field, particularly at football. As Wunkar is in the Loxton Association in all sport teams, Tom was well known in Loxton and greatly admired for his sportsmanship. The last letter received by the young airman's father was
written the night before he was reported missing.

Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record Thursday 29 October 1942 page 5

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Sgt Thomas Ian Butterfield of No. 30 Squadron RAAF was lost on operations (along with 416205 Sgt. James Rupert Wilson (/explore/people/652781)) while flying Beaufighter aircraft A19-68 on a strafing mission over Japanese positions at Kokoda on October 12 1942.