BUTCHER, Sqn Ldr Francis Herbert (1914-1994)

Scope and Content

Flying log books, 1935-1945, covering his RAF training and his work as an instructor. 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.

Administrative / 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.


5 vols

Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1995.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide available on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/top.htm, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

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