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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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06.07.1941 74 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3176 Flt Sgt. Carter

Operation: Circus 35

Date: 6th July 1944 (Sunday)

Unit No: 74 Squadron (Trinidad - Motto: 'I Fear No Man')

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: W3176

Code: ZP:?

Base: RAF Biggin Hill, Greater London

Location: Wormhout, France

Pilot: Flt Sgt. Leslie Raymond Carter 754236 RAFVR Age 21. MiA

REASON FOR LOSS:

Flt Sgt. Carter took off on an offensive sweep from Biggin Hill at 13:35 hrs. Failed to return

Shot down over France during the afternoon of 6th July 1941 along with 2 other Spitfires from the same Squadron. Escorting six Stirlings who were attacking Lille steel works, Hptm. Pingel's first gruppe made contact over Lille but low fuel forced them to break off over the English channel.

The other two from the squadron were:

Plt Off. Wilfred Malcolm Skinner 68722 DFM in Spitfire Vb W3208, PoW No: 1623, Stalag Luft Sagan. He Passed away on the 26th June 2003.

Sgt. William Guy Lockhart in Spitfire 748117 Vb W3317 who evaded capture but was interned in Spain.

Sgt. William Guy Lockhart: After his evasion then as a Wg Cdr. flying with 7 squadron, Bomber Command, was shot down flying Lancaster III JB676 MG:K on the 28th April 1944. He was KiA with all his crew.

Flt Sgt. Leslie Carter was shot down by Hptm. Adolph who was commanding officer II./JG26 - his 19th Abschuss. The Spitfire crashed at Wormhout at 14:45 hrs.

Flt Sgt. Carter flying Spitfire I X4554 escaped an earlier incident whilst serving with 41 Squadron. On 11th October 1940 at 16:25 hrs. another Spitfire I X4052 flown by 25 year old, Fg Off. Desmond Hugh O'Neill collided with him. Flt Sgt. Carter managed to bail out safely, however, even though Fg Off. O'Neill although managed to bail out, his parachute failed to open and he was killed.

Burial Details:


Flt Sgt. Leslie Raymond Carter. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 35. Born on the 15th April 1920 at St. Albans, the son of Albert William and Jeanetta Caroline Carter, of Shenley, Hertfordshire, England.

Others:

Fg Off. 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 and husband of Muriel O'Neill;

Researched by Kelvin Youngs (Webmaster) for Mark Carter - nephew of Flt Sgt. Leslie Raymond Carter. Updated by Kelvin Youngs (Feb 2019). Updated by Aircrew Remembered (Dec 2022)

Other sources listed below:


RS 18.12.2022 - Updated narrative

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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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