Raymond Edward Norton Butcher
From Our Contribution
in RAAF Uniform as Flight Sergeant
in Militia uniform of Sergeant, 16th Battalion Cameron Highlanders.
|Date of Birth||25 Oct 1917|
|Place of Birth||Katanning, Western Australia|
|Death||21 Sep 1942|
|Place of Death||Denmark|
|Age at Enlistment||23 years, 4 months|
|Address||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Edward Butcher|
|Date of Enlistment||3 Mar 1941|
|Unit/Formation||No 101 Squadron RAF|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Killed during a flying battle over southern Denmark.|
|Australian War Memorial||Australian War Memorial|
1939-45 Star |
Air Crew Europe Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Original enlistment was with the Army CMF in the 16th Battalion Cameron Highlanders.
Trained with the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) in Canada and Britain.
Missing West Australian 17 Oct 1942; presumed dead West Australian 19 May 1943
Aabenraa is a town on the south-east Jutland coast about 25 kilometres north of the German border.
Raymond was a member of the crew of a Vickers Wellington bomber X3815 that was lost on operation on 21 Sep 1942. The plane crashed in Denmark following an attack by a German night fighter. By the end of the war in Europe, the squadron had sustained 1,176 aircrew killed and it had lost 146 aircraft (including 33 in accidents).