The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - China
The Short Snorter Project
Series 1941 - Serial Number G/H 876238X
Ten Yuan Central Bank of China short snorter Series 1941, signed on the obverse by Earl A. Butts.  Major Butts
commanded a B-24 Liberator in the 5th Army Air Force, 63rd Squadron, known as the "Sea Hawks”.  The “Sea Hawks”
were low altitude, radar-equipped, B-24 Liberator bombers dedicated to attacking shipping.  Major Butts rose to
command the squadron in the final days of World War II from 22 May 1945 to September 1945.
Patch of 63rd Squadron, WW2 Era
63rd Squadron Tail Markings
First row: Ver Steeg (Navigator); O'Brien (Co-Pilot); Butts (Pilot); Lewis (Bombardier)
Second Row: Humphreys (Gunner); Gruenwald (Radio);  McDowell (Radar - Did not go over with this crew);
                        Taylor (Asst. Engineer); Johnson (Armourer); Clark (Engineer - Injured)
63rd Bomb Squadron Duty Board