What are you doing now: REMEMBRANCE IN PROGRESS - SUBJECT TO CHANGE ------- This profile is based on the research of US Militaria Forum member "JDK" (user name) who collected a grouping to the named pilot as seen at this link: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=54257&hl= Most information and all photos included are credited to JDK.
Rec'd 23 Oct 2011:
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Hello, I happened to look up the name Butler Toland on google, and clicked on this page and saw that it says Colonel Butler Toland Jr. is deceased, but he is very much alive. I still see him everyday I go to work, he's a very entertaining person. I was just wondering where they got the information for this website showing that he is deceased. Thank You
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"... I wish I had some more detailed info on his time with the 67th before transfering to the 339th. It's too bad the 347th Fighter group doesn't have more out there. Surely I would be able to find a fair amount of info on him since he served with 2 squadrons in the 347th Group, and for nearly a year and a half! Some of the info I have came from Tolands notes, the rest is from his FOIA file I sent for a couple years back." JD ------- "... The blue on the roosters tail and at the bottom of the patch must be reflecting in the light and making it look lighter. Black and white photos can play lots of tricks, especially at different angles. All 67th patches had the blue in the same location, thus my theory. Here's another one for reference. http://www.flyingtigerantiques.com/mm5/mer...ry_Code=03afsq2 When I first got the jacket, the outline of his wings were imprinted in the leather. It's still slightly visible now... JD ------- "... From what I've read in AAF after action reports regarding the 67th FS, they had a hell of a time on Guadalcanal. Constantly under attack by the Japanese, they had to do all they could just to get planes in the air. Living in terrible conditions, and losing alot of planes and pilots were the norm. They found their place in ground support roles for the Marines, and attacking enemy shipping, as well as trying to ward off enemy bombers. All bascially done with inferior equiptment. Toland was basically there from the start, and right in the thick of it." JD -------
Other Comments: Here is a pretty neat grouping to a P-39 Pilot with the 67th Fighter Squadron 347th Fighter group. Lt. Toland enlisted in the AAC in October of 1941 and was awarded his wings and commissioned a 2nd Lt. in July of 1942. He departed for the Pacific in August of 1942 His first combat mission was September 1st of 1942 over Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands His A-2 Jacket 67th Patch Wearing the Jacket He continued flying with the 67th Fighter squadron over Guadalcanal until April of 1943. Toland in his P-39 on a combat flight in early April of 1943. Map issued to pilots flying Over Guadalcanal The 2nd week of April 1943 Toland was transfered to the 339th Fighter Squadron to fly the P-38 Lightning. Little did he know his new squadron was about to be part of History. On April 18th 1943 the 339th flew the famous mission that shot down a Betty with Yamamoto on board. Toland was not selected to go on the mission since he was new to the P-38 and had just transfered over from the 67th. He started flying combat with the 339th Fighter Squadron in the P-38 just a week later flying with the now famous Rex Barber and Tom Lanphier. On the wing of his P-38 in late April of 1943 Toland continued flying with the 339th Fighter Squadron until December of 1943. He was then sent back stateside He went on to instruct Fighter tactics in the P-51 and P-47 for the rest of the war. In July of 1946 he accepted a regular commision in the USAF. He went on to serve in the Air Force until 1968. His dutied included serving as Air Attache to Vietnam from 1960-1962. He then Commanded a USAF pilot instructor training squadron that trained pilots in the T-38 Talon. He retired in Nov. of 1968 as a Lt. Colonel having served a adventurous career. JD AAF Collector...........History Preservationist ----------