Carr, Second Lieutenant Henry George

No 43 Training Sqn RAF

Henry Carr came from Tumut, NSW, and was a 23 year old Telegraphist when he enlisted as a Driver in the 1st Engineer Field Company at Warwick Farm, NSW, on 9 August 1915. He departed from Sydney on HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915, arriving in France in March 1916. In late July 1916 he was wounded in the foot and evacuated to England, being discharged from hospital in April 1917, when he was posted to the 16th Field Company. In June he transferred to the AFC and went to No 30 Training Sqn at Shawbury, followed by periods at Nos 29, 10 and 49 Training Sqns.

He graduated as a Flying Officer (Pilot) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the AFC on 27 April 1918; he was then posted to No 43 Training Sqn RAF at Chattis Hill aerodrome, near Stockbridge.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Stockbridge on 11 May 1918 when flying Avro 504 C619 as part of his training to fly a Camel, having already flown the Sopwith Pup. C619 had just had its engine changed, and had not been examined after that work. Hence, Carr’s instructor, Lt H W Watts RAF, told him not to fly in C619, but to wait until the machine had been tested, but it appears that his enthusiasm for flying got the better of him and he took off in C619. He was making a series of descending stall turns from about 3000 feet until the final turn at about 200 feet, when the aircraft became nearly inverted. The Court of Enquiry, headed by Capt Norman Macmillan (author of the Great War aviation classic Into the Blue) found that the accident was due to a temporary loss of control when near the ground, but was unable to decide if this was due to pilot error or a defect in the aeroplane.

2Lt H G Carr is buried at Stockbridge, Hampshire, England.


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