18/19.06.1940 No 9 Squadron Wellington IA N2897 WS-P P/O Francis Charles Joseph Butler
Operation: Barge and Leverkusen, Germany
Date: 18/19th June 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
Unit: No 9 Squadron
Type: Wellington IA
Base: RAF Honington, Suffolk
Location: North Sea
Pilot: P/O. Francis Charles Joseph Butler. 76576. RAFVR. Age 25. Killed (1)
2nd Pilot: Sgt. Raymond Graham Elliott. 740509. RAFVR. Age 24. Killed (2)
Nav: Sgt. Alan Thomas Legg. 902217. RAFVR. Age? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kevin Barry Brennan. 549506. RAF. Age 19. Killed (3)
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Charles Naylor. 581407. RAF. Age 20. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ian Maywood McCulloch. 901582. RAFVR. Age 23. Killed
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REASON FOR LOSS:
Wellington N2897 took off from RAF Honington at 21.50hrs on an operation to attack Barge and Leverkusen on the Eastern bank of the Rhine. Seven Wellington aircraft took off that day from RAF Honington on the same operation. Wellington N2897 was the only aircraft that failed to return and it is believed that it came down in the North Sea. A search was conducted the following day by Wellingtons from No 9 Squadron but nothing was found
Wellington IA Aircraft (courtesy of the Imperial War Museum)
All the crew are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey
P/O. Francis Charles Joseph Butler. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 7. Son of Francis Mourilyan Butler and Josephine Lawrence Butler (1) Francis Charles Joseph Butler was posted to No. 9 Squadron on the 21 April 1940 from No. 214 Squadron. At the time of his death his address was Carswell Manor, Faringdon, Berkshire, England. He is also remembered on the Charterhouse War MemorialP/O. Butler had flown over 11 operations while with No. 9 Squadron
Sgt. Raymond Graham Elliott. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 14. Son of Harold Graham Elliott and Gladys Ayton Elliott of Hove, Sussex (2) At the time of his death Raymond's address was 4 Bishops Road, Hove, Sussex, England.
Sgt. Alan Thomas Legg. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 16. No further information as yet
Sgt. Kevin Barry Brennan. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 12. Son of Stephen and Ellen Brennan of Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham. (3) Sgt. Brennan is remembered on the 1939-45 St. Cuthbert R. C. Church Plague, Chester-le-Street, England.
Sgt. Charles Naylor. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 17. Son of Charles and Mildred Naylor of Fulwood, Lancashire
Sgt. Ian Maywood McCulloch. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 17. Son of Grant and Jean A. McCullock of Galashiels, Selkirkshire, Scotland.
Researched by: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew
Acknowledgements: With special thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, W. R. Chorley - Bomber Command Losses 1939-1940. Including Prewar Losses July 1936-September 1939, Gordon Thorburn - Bombers First and Last, National Archives Air 27/125 and Air 27/131, Imperial War Museum.