Carter, Ronald


Carter, Ronald


32 items. The collection concerns Sergeant Ronald Carter (1924 - 2014, 1620578 Royal Air Force) and contains his biography, research, documents and photographs. He flew operations as a rear gunner with 44 Squadron before becoming a prisoner of war.

The collection has been loaned to the IBCC Digital Archive for digitisation by Susan Margaret Perrow and catalogued by Barry Hunter.




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Carter, R

Collection Items

Last of the Tail Gun Charlies - Ronald Carter's Biography
Biography of Warrant Officer Ronald Carter (1620578 Royal Air Force).

At the age of 17, Ronald volunteered to join the Royal Air Force in November 1942. After basic training, Ronald was selected for gunnery and wireless operator training, becoming…

References used in Preparation of Ron Carter's Biography
Seven books referred to in Sue Carter's Biography

Winston Churchill's Reference to Bomber Harris
Churchill's quote and Ron's brief comments on his wartime service.

War Widow
The story of Ron being missing in action then located at Stalag Luft VII, promoted then a telegram announcing he had been killed at Arnhem. Later corrected and a bunch of flowers delivered as an apology.

Surviving Crew Members of ND517
A list of six names, including Ron's. It includes a poem by HW Longfellow 'Footprints in the Sand'.

Memoirs by Crew Members' Family of the Collision with Ron Carter's Lancaster
Brief memoirs by two members of family of the Halifax crew that collided with Ron's Lancaster over Caen.

Ron Carter's Caterpillar Club Membership Card
Both sides of Ron's club card.

Ron Carter's Service Record
RAF Form 543 issued to Ron. It contains brief details of his service record.

General Questionnaire for British/American ex-Prisoners of War
A copy of a questionnaire completed by Ron.

15 Air and Ground Crew
Two rows of air and ground crew. Behind is their Lancaster with the record of 25 operations.
On the reverse 'Dad'.

Ron Carter and his wife
Ron on his wedding day, with his bride.
The reverse is blank.

Ron Carter
Ron in flying kit, boots and helmet. On the front 'Wigsley 1940 flying Sirlings [sic]'.
On the reverse 'Dad'.

Ron Carter's decorations
Photograph of four medals awarded to Ron:
1939 to 1945 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939 to 1945
Unofficial Bomber Command Medal.

An airman standing beside some huts. The reverse is blank.

An unidentified airman. He is wearing a trainee's flash in his cap.

Flying Officer Davey
Ron's pilot is sitting on a fence. He is named on the reverse.

Ron Carter, Crew and Ground Crew
13 airmen on the port inner engine of an aircraft. Three are named on the reverse, 'Paul, P/O Davey, Dad'. The image is badly damaged.

Ron Carter and Crew
Seven airmen in front of their Lancaster. Four of them are named on the reverse, 'Dad, Paul, F/O Davey, Eddy'.

Ron Carter's Aircrew Association Membership Card
A membership card issued to Ron.

Luckenwalde - Stalag 3A South of Berlin
A description of the conditions at Stalag 3A.

Letter to Ron Carter's Wife from Air Ministry
The letter advises that Ron has been promoted to Flight Sergeant whilst a prisoner of war.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are available.

Telegram to Ron Carter's Wife
The telegram advises that Ron is missing.

This item was sent to the IBCC Digital Archive already in digital form. No better quality copies are available.

Ron Carter's Prisoner of War Record
Three lists related to Ron's time as a prisoner of war.
#1 is the camps he was incarcerated in and the duration.
#2 Ron's evacuation from Stalag Luft 7 on the Long March.
#3 is a list of the daily march from Stalag Luft 7 to 3A

One Last Op
Events leading to the shooting down of Ron's aircraft over Caen.

Ron Carter's List of Operations
25 operations completed by Ron Carter.
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