|The Red Devil|
Young Harry flew to England at his own expense to join the Royal Flying Corps following the outbreak of World War I, and was soon regularly flying air raids to France before becoming Captain, Flight Commander then instructor and decorated war hero****.
So I reckon Captain Harry's reported 1919 statement that the Red Devil was one of the three fastest in the world is made on pretty good authority!
Captain Butler's triumphant – and now legendary - return to Minlaton in the Red Devil on 6th August 1919 in a 110 kmh gale wearing an inflated tyre tube in lieu of life-jacket is also believed to be the first airmail delivery over water in the Southern Hemisphere.
****Captain Harry was awarded the Airforce Cross in 1918