Raymond Edward Norton Butcher

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Raymond Edward Norton Butcher
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in RAAF Uniform as Flight Sergeant
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in Militia uniform of Sergeant, 16th Battalion Cameron Highlanders.
Personal Information
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
Occupation car salesman
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Edward Butcher
Military Information
Reg Number 406638
Date of Enlistment 3 Mar 1941
Rank Flying Officer
Unit/Formation No 101 Squadron RAF
Post War Details
Fate Killed during a flying battle over southern Denmark.
Australian War Memorial Australian War Memorial
Medals 1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

War Service

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 Military Cemetery, Denmark
  • Ray Butcher's gravesite

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 from No. 101 Squadron RAF that was lost on operation on 21 Sep 1942. The plane crashed in Denmark following an attack by a German night fighter. At the time of his death the Squadron was operating from RAF Stradishall 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).

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