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06.07.1941 No. 74 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3176 Fl/Sgt. Carter loss

Operation: Circus 35

Date: 6th July 1941 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 74 Squadron (Trinidad)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: W3176

Base: ?

Location: France.

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Leslie Raymond Carter 754236 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Missing


Shot down over France during the afternoon of 6th July along with 2 other Spitfires from the same Squadron. Escorting six Stirlings who were attacking Lille, Hptm. Pingel's first gruppe made contact over Lille but low fuel forced them to break off over the English channel. (P/O. W. M. Skinner D.F.M. Spitfire Vb W3208 who became a P.O.W and Sgt. W.G. Lockhart Spitfire Vb W3317 who evaded capture but was interned in Spain.)

Fl/Sgt. Leslie Carter was shot down by Hptm. Adolph who was commanding officer II/JG26 - his 19th victory. The Spitfire W3176 crashed at Wormhout at 14.45 hrs.

Fl/Sgt. Carter escaped an earlier incident whilst serving with 41 Squadron. On 11th October 1940 at 16.25 hrs. another Spitfire I X4052 flown by F/O. Desmond Hugh O'neill collided with him whilst flying Spitfire I X4554. Fl/Sgt. Carter managed to bail out safely, however F/O. O'neill although managed to bail out, lost his life as his parachute failed to open. (Killed Age 25)

Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt. Leslie Raymond Carter Runnymede MemoriaL Panel 35.

Son of Albert William and Jeanetta Caroline Carter, of Shenley, Hertfordshire.

F/O. Desmond Hugh O'neill. Streatham Park Cemetery. Square 7A. Grave 12104

Son of Lt.-Col. Edward Martin Marie O'Neill, and Ethel May O'Neill, of Glasnevin, Co. Dublin, Irish Republic; husband of Muriel O'Neill.

Researched for Mark Carter - nephew of Fl/Sgt. Leslie Raymond Carter. With thanks to the following: C.W.G.C. "Fighter Command Losses" - Norman Franks.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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