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1 Butz, HelmutGefrIV/EJG-1Fw 190A-8 Werk # 173910 (lost 3/7/45)Fighter Operational ClaspKIC 7 March, 1945 at Schardenberg due to a servicing error.
2 Butz, HermannFFS Neuenkirchen (Neu-Brandenburg)Bu 181B Werk # 108 "CR + YU" (interned in Sweden)Pilot BadgeDefected to Grönskära in the south of Sweden the morning of 25 May, 1945, after the surrender. This was the last Luftwaffe aircraft to land in Sweden.
3 Butz, OttoHptFwJu 88 in the Med., Ju 52 in RussiaBomber or Transport Operational ClaspShot down with injuries in the Mediterranean by a Beaufighter. After recuperating, he flew supply mission near Stalingrad, when he became a POW, released in 1952. Jager Blatt 2/2001.
4 Butz, R.Fw1/LG-1Ju 88S-3 Werk # 330964 (lost 12/8/44)Bomber Operational ClaspHis Ju 88 crashed at Zuidbroek Holland on 8 December, 1944, cause and pilot/crew disposition unknown. (DeSwart)
5 Gehling, W.OfwWecusta 76 He 111H-4 Werk # 3205 "5Z + FA" (lost 6/24/41)Meteorological Operational ClaspPOW 24 June, 1941 after his ac made an emergency landing on the Sea of Azov due to an engine malfuncion. Remaining crew: Reg Rat Hans Euler, Obs (POW); Ofw Willi Butz, Desig Unk (MIA); Fw W.Lewandowski, Desig Unk (POW) and Gefr E.Schitteck, Desig Unk (POW). Only Ofw Butz is listed in the VDK as "Missing" and commemorated in the Ger War Cem at Rossoschka, near Volgograd, Russia, Cube 11, Plate 9. Reg Rat Euler was a published German physicist. Efforts were made to free him from Russian captivity, but his further fate has never been known (D.Drury).
6 Hosche, GustavOfw3/Kü.Fl.Gr-606Do 17Z-3 Werk # 2897 "7T + EL" (lost 12/21/40)Observer Operational ClaspMIA 21 December, 1940; failed to return from a mission to Liverpool, cause unknown. Remaining crew (MIA): Oblt z.S. Hans Herbert Schneider, Obs; Fw Gerhard Taulien, R/O and Fw Josef Butz, Flt Engr (D.Drury).
7 Krings, PaulLt8/2/1915Aachen5/KG-2Do 17Z-3 Werk # 2636 "U5 + DN" (lost 12/21/40)Bomber Operational ClaspKIA 21 December, 1940; sd at sea, off Eastbourne, Sussex, by Spitfires of Nos.64 & 611 Sqs.. Remaining crew: Fw Josef Butz (KIA), Ogefr Heinz Adler (MIA) and Uffz Gerhard Mache (MIA). The bodies of Krings and Butz washed ashore later, near Hastings, Sussex, and were buried at Hastings Cem., Div. O, Sec .F; Krings in Gr 47, Butz in Gr 48 (D.Drury).

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