Botcher was born on June 26th , 1924 in Swansea, Wales. His parents were Mr. Brinley T. Botcher and Mrs. Elsie Bother. He served as Aircraftman 2nd Class in the Royal Air Force. His service number is 1835484. On September 3rd, 1945, the day of the first memorial for those lost in the war, both Raymond Brinley Botcher and Sir Thomas Beedie were involved in deadly accident. The accident occurred just after WWII had ended and all of the British Flying Training Schools were preparing to close, and their students preparing to return home. On his return back from a cross-country flight to San Marcos Texas, his plane unexpectedly crashed into Lake Travis. Botcher was only 21 years old. His remains lay to rest at the Oakland Memorial Cemetery, R.A.F. Plot, Grave 20.
Casualty of WWII, Raymond was an Aircraftman 2nd Class
in the Royal Air Force ~ Service No: 1835484
He was 21 and the son of Brinley T. and Elsie Botcher of Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales.
At the back wall of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd can be seen the Royal Air Force ensign. There is a plaque underneath reading:
This Royal Air Force ensign was presented to the City of Terrell by Her Majesty's Air Attache to the United States on the 1st June 1952 on behalf of the Royal Air Force.
Although this ensign is symbolic of the joint victories won in the air by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force in WWII it nevertheless also represents a victory of friendship rather than of war. Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, through this ensign, acknowledges with the deepest gratitude, the kindness and hospitality so willingly given by the citizens of Terrell to the Royal Air Force pilots who were trained at No.1 British Flying Training School during the war.
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1835484 A-C-2(C) R.A.F. 'Sleep on beloved take thy rest, we loved thee well but Jesus loved thee best.'