BUTLER, Eric Henry Dunn

Lance Sergeant (later Flight Lieutenant)
Unit / Base: 
3 Commando
North Staffordshire Regiment
Worcestershire Regiment
Royal Air Force Regiment
Royal Air Force
5048390 and 292938
503358 (RAF)
P.O.W. number: 
Saturday, August 17, 1918
Burton on Trent
Died : 
Thursday, November 10, 1994
Place died: 
Eric Butler 3 Commando
Lance Sergeant Eric Butler, No.3 Commando, took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. Embarking on ML307, he was wounded and evacuated back to the UK [1][5].
  • 11 September 1943 commissioned Second Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment [2].
  • 21 September 1944 (Lieutenant) wounded and missing during Operation Market Garden, then prisoner of war at Oflag 9A/H, Spangenberg, until May 1945 [3][3a][3b].
  • 28 September 1953 relinquishes commission on appointment to the R.A.F. [4].
  • 1 January 1970, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force Regiment, retired from service [6]
[1] Casualty Lists 1939-45 / National Archives file WO417/41.
[2] London Gazette 36253, page 5071.
[3] Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/8 and WO417/9..
[3a] Prisoners of War / National Archives files WO392/11.
[3b] German Record Cards for British PoW's / National Archives file WO416/52/373.
[4] London Gazette 40023, page 6361.
[5] Nominal Roll in St Nazaire Society 75th Anniversary Newsletter.
[6] London Gazette 45031, page 1360.
[Image] Paul Butler (son).

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