REDEMPTION

DESPITE THREE CRASHES AND A COURT MARTIAL, CANADIAN FLT LT ROBERT BUTTS WENT ON TO BECOME A PATHFINDER. TERENCE LEVERSEDGE EXPLAINS

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As suggested in this March 1942 illustration by Sgt Paul A Goranson, the conditions in Gander were typically very harsh. RCAF

Those of us who’ve served the military in peacetime know that a pilot who crashes his aircraft through his own error has usually made a ‘career-limiting move’. Writing-off another one will come under intense scrutiny from superiors and a third in quick succession would be almost unheard of.

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