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Korean War ace Hank Buttelmann dies

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Korean War ace Hank Buttelmann dies

Post by Ghost from above » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:39 pm

The youngest Allied ace during the Korean War, retired Lt. Col. Henry “Hank” Buttelmann has passed away in Illinois on Sept. 16.aged 90

Buttelmann earned the title of youngest Korean War ace — a pilot who shoots down five enemy planes — at age 24.
he shipped out to Korea in December 1952 to serve with the 25th Fighter Squadron, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing, flying an F-86 Sabre.
It took him until near the end of the war to achieve his goal. On his 55th combat mission on June 19, 1953, he shot down a MiG-15. Eleven days later, he became the youngest Korean ace when he downed his fifth MiG on June 30. He shot down two more in July to bring his total to seven, just before the cessation of hostilities on July 27, 1953. All told, he logged 65 combat missions during the war.
He later went on to serve two tours in Vietnam, in 1965 and in 1969, where he completed 48 combat missions in an F-105 Thunderchief and 238 in an F-100 Super Sabre.

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Re: Korean War ace Hank Buttelmann dies

Post by grumpy616 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:45 am

Rest in peace sir.

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