Francis John BUTCHER

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BUTCHER, Francis John

Service Number: 253245
Enlisted: 16 December 1940
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: General Reconnaissance School
Born: MELBOURNE, VIC, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Off New South Wales Coast, Australia, 7 April 1945, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on Sydney Memorial, Rookwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bairnsdale Royal Australian Air Force Memorial, Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 2 Service

16 Dec 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 253245
16 Dec 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 253245
16 Dec 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 253245, General Reconnaissance School
16 Dec 1940: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 253245, General Reconnaissance School
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 253245, General Reconnaissance School

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Avro Anson aircraft W2244 of General Reconnaissance Squadron Bairnsdale was reported missing at sea off Crescent Head, NSW with the loss of all personnel on board.  Commemorated on the Sydney Memorial are:

Flight Lieutenant Thomas Archibald Meiklejohn 405635

Flight Lieutenant Alec Allan Buck 2592

Flight Lieutenant Francis John Butcher 253245

Flight Lieutenant Douglas Hardy Byerley 405439

Aircraftwoman Margaret Jones Carey (nee Traynor) 105088 of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) 

Further details here (recordsearch.naa.gov.au)

Awarded: King's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

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