Carter, Lieutenant Duncan Campbell

No 4 Sqn AFC

Duncan Carter came from Melbourne, where he was born on 13 November 1894, and was a 22 year old Clerk when he enlisted in the 119th Howitzer Battery at Melbourne on 30 March 1916; he departed from Melbourne on HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 October. He transferred to the AFC as an Air Mechanic Class II in March 1917 and was sent to No 30 Training Sqn at Ternhill for flying instruction in July, after which he was commissioned in November and promoted to Lieutenant in February the next year. After instruction with No 5 Training Sqn, which included a crash in March that left him with an eye injury, he passed through the RAF School of Aerial Fighting and Gunnery at Marske before being posted to No 4 Sqn AFC in late July.

He was killed in action over Brebières on 5 September 1918 when flying Sopwith Camel E7174. He left on a patrol at 17.00 and was last seen in combat with a Fokker D.VII at 18.05. Vfw Albert Lux of Jasta 27 claimed a Camel over Barelle at 1905 (German time); it was his seventh and last confirmed victory of the War (though his final tally may be eight). Lt Carter was initially posted as missing, but a Court of Enquiry held in Cologne, Germany, in February 1919 determined that he had been killed in action. Lt M H Eddie in B778 and 2Lt A H Lockley in D1836 were also killed in the fight that cost Lt Carter his life, while Lt T E Taplin DFC in E1407 was shot down and captured.

Lt D C Carter has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

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