Collection BUTCHER - BUTCHER, Sqn Ldr Francis Herbert (1914-1994)

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BUTCHER, Sqn Ldr Francis Herbert (1914-1994)


  • 1937-1945 (Creation)
  • 1920 (Creation)

Level of description



5 vols, 1 file

Scope and content

Flying log books, 1935-1945, covering Butcher’s RAF training and his work as an instructor.  Copy papers, including a poem to mark his departure from the post of Magistrate, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1948; draft text of an unpublished book by Butcher, ‘Vital Command’, on the role of Flying Training in World War Two (subsequently used by John Golley in Aircrew Unlimited: Commonwealth Air Training Plan during World War 2, Patrick Stephens Ltd, 1993) with related correspondence between Butcher’s family and researcher Bruce Burton; list of personnel of RAF Station Montrose, 1937-1938, compiled by Burton; biographical notes on Butcher, also by Burton.  Photograph album commemorating the construction of the Mosul bridge, Iraq, 1920, by 1 King George's Own Sappers and Miners, Indian Army, presented to Butcher's uncle, Maj Charles Butcher.

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5 vols, 1 file

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Biographical history

Born in 1914; educated at Bournemouth School; commissioned into RAF, 1936; took part in development trials of Fairey Battle day bomber; worked as RAF flying instructor; took part in development trials of Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation (FIDO); seconded to the Foreign Office in Germany as a magistrate, 1945-1947; joined Colonial Service and posted to Nigeria, 1947; retired from Colonial Service, 1958; appointed Director, Yorkshire Association for the Care of the Disabled, 1958, and Director, Nigerian National Council for the Blind, 1960; set up West African Organisation for the Blind; died in 1994.

Custodial history

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1995 and 2013.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

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Decorations: CBE, AFC

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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