Alfred Williams Carter

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Alfred Williams Carter
Born29 April 1894
Fish Creek, Alberta, Canada
Died17 December 1986 (1986-12-18) (aged 92)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
AllegianceGeorge V[1]
Service/branchRoyal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force
UnitNo. 3 Squadron RNAS, No. 10 Squadron RNAS/No. 210 Squadron RAF
AwardsDistinguished Service Cross

Canada Gazette 01/07/1946 OBE(civil) Officer of the Order of the British Empire (civil) for Civil Aviation in Canada

London Gazette 03/06/1919 MBE (military) Member of the Order of the British Empire Captain, RAF

Alfred Williams Carter MBE DSC (29 April 1894 – 17 December 1986) was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 17 victories.[2]

The son of David and Martha Carter, Alfred Carter was born near Calgary and enlisted in December 1915 in Ontario, where he had been a University student. In 1916 he joined the Royal Naval Air Service and attended flight school in Florida.

Serving with 3 Wing, in June 1917 he was posted to No. 3 Naval Squadron and claimed 5 victories flying the Sopwith Pup. In June 1917 he was transferred to No. 10 Naval Squadron as a flight commander and he scored 4 more victories, now flying the Sopwith Triplane.

By November 1918, he had scored another 8 victories with the Sopwith Camel. His war time tally included 1 balloon, 1 aircraft captured, 4 and 1 shared destroyed, 9 and 1 shared 'out of control'.[3]

After the war he worked for the Air Board until April 1922 and in 1923 he owned and operated an automobile dealership in Victoria, British Columbia.

In 1939 he, along with Alan Duncan Bell-Irving, formed the first Air Cadet Squadron in Canada which at the time was known as the 1601 Air Force Cadet Wing and is now 111 Pegasus Squadron in Vancouver. That first Squadron was run entirely by the DND in conjunction with the 111 RCAF Squadron which was also based in Vancouver at the time. He was the commander of 1601 Wing until he left to assist with the formation of the Air Cadet League of Canada and eventually served as the first National President of the League.

He won the OBE and MBE. He died on 17 December 1986.

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Distinguished Service Cross[edit]

"Flt. Sub-Lieut. (act. Flt. Lieut.) Alfred Williams Carter, R.N.A.S.

This officer has at all times led his patrols with great courage, skill and pertinacity, often engaging superior numbers of hostile aircraft.

On 22 July 1917, he engaged, single-handed for half an hour, five enemy scouts which he prevented from carrying out a reconnaissance.

On 24 July 1917, with one other pilot, he attacked four enemy aircraft, one of which he drove down completely out of control."



  1. ^ Canadian airmen were required to complete an Attestation Paper in which they declared an oath of allegiance to King George the Fifth and agreed to serve in any arm of the service for the duration of the war between Great Britain and Germany.
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  3. ^ Above the Trenches, Shores, 1990 page 100


"WWI Aces of Canada: Alfred Williams Carter". Retrieved 2008-06-20.

"Calgary Aero Space Museum pdf on Nick Carter" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 3, 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-04.