Henry Buttelmann

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Henry Buttelmann
Buttelmann posing while climbing into the cockpit
Buttelmann with his F-86 Sabre in Korea
NicknameHank
Born(1929-06-26)June 26, 1929
Queens, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 16, 2019(2019-09-16) (aged 90)
Frankfort, Illinois, U.S.
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1952–1979
RankLieutenant colonel
Unit
Battles/wars
AwardsSilver Star
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (26)

Henry "Hank" Buttelmann (June 26, 1929 – September 16, 2019) was an American fighter pilot of the United States Air Force in the Korean War and Vietnam War. He had seven victories over enemy aircraft in Korea, making him a flying ace. He gained his fifth kill on June 30, 1953, just after his 24th birthday, which made him the youngest ace of the war.

Buttelmann died on September 16, 2019 in Frankfort, Illinois at the age of 90.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. News, Filed under. "Henry Buttelmann, the youngest Korean War ace, has passed away". World Warbird News. Retrieved 2019-09-29.