USS Lexington CV-2
|Pilot Commander William
Bowen Ault, O-057445 C. O. Lexington AIr Group (MIA / KIA) OR
Gunner ARM 1/C William Thomas Butler, 2232491 (MIA / KIA) NY
MIA May 8, 1942
Over the target, he reported via radio that both he and his radioman/gunner were seriously wounded and that he had but twenty minutes fuel left. In his last transmission he reported: "OK. So long people. We put a 1,000 pound bomb on the flatop."
There were no witnesses to his final minutes in the air. He was presumed to have been shot down or ditched in the ocean following the strike on the Japanese carriers.