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Butler, Ronald Harris (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1943-10-22

Birth Date: 1919-05-21 (age 24)

Born: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom

Son of William and Hilda Butler, of North River, Prince Edward Island.

Home: North River, Prince Edward Island

Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Enlistment Date: 1939-09-11

Service
RCAF
Unit
166 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Tenacity
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Bomb Aimer
Service Numbers
R/11601
166 Squadron (Tenacity) RAF Kirmington, Lancaster I aircraft ED 366 UV-C lost during a night trip to Kassel, Germany. FS RH Butler (RCAF), Sgt JT Costello (RCAF), Sgt WG Gamage (RAFVR), Sgt M Monaghan (RAF), Sgt DG Rees (RAFVR) and Sgt J Saffrey (RAFVR) were killed. Sgt K Hurst (RAF) Prisoner of War. Kassel, however, was hit very hard with concentrated and accurate bombing. A firestorm was started, although on a much smaller scale than had been seen in Hamburg. Middlebrook & Everitt note reports of 5,600 killed and 3,300 missing or untraced nearly a month after the attack, with over 100,000 rendered homeless. Over 150 industries were destroyed or damaged, and among these were the Henschel aircraft factories where production of V-1 weapons was seriously delayed, preventing their use against England before the invasion of France. (BC War Diaries)

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Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III ED366

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I/III ED366


166 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Tenacity (Huddersfield's Own)

No 166 Squadron RAF was originally formed at Bircham Newton, Norfolk on June 13, 1918, designed as a heavy bomber unit, to fly the Handley Page V/1500 aircraft. The squadron was never fully mobilized because the Armistice intervened. The squadron was re-formed in November 1936 as a heavy bomber unit, flying Handley Page Heyfords, later equipping with Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys. It was based at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire from November 1936 to January 1937, when it moved to Leconfield, Yorkshire. The squadron became part of an air observer's school on June 7, 1938, and then became a 1 Group pool squadron in May 1939. From September 1939 it was based at Abingdon, Berkshire until April 1940. In that month the squadron merged with no. 97 Squadron to form No. 10 OTU.

In January 1943 the squadron was re-formed at Kirmington, Yorkshire (53.578,-0.344, now Humberside Airport), from flights of Nos. 150 and 170 squadrons, when parts of these squadrons were posted to the Middle East. It was again bomber squadron, flying Vickers Wellingtons in No. 1 Group of Bomber Command. It remained at Kirmington until the end of WWII, later re-equipping with Avro Lancasters. In the period 27/28 January 1943 and 25 April 1945, it dropped 27,287 tons of bombs and laid 333 tons of mines. The squadron won "at least" 2 DSOs, 2 CGMs, 117 DFCs and 108 DFMs in the course of WWII. The squadron was disbanded on November 18, 1945.

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