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Name: Albert Desbrisay Carter
Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and Bar
Croix de Guerre [France]
Albert Carter
Country: Canada
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 19
Victories: 28
Born: 02 June 1892
Place of Birth: Point de Bute, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: 22 May 1919 KIFA
Place of Death: Shoreham, West Sussex, England
Cemetery: St. Nicolas Churchyard, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England Image
 
 
The son of Leonard and Ettie Carter, Albert Desbrisay Carter was the highest scoring ace to serve with 19 Squadron. On 19 May 1918, he was captured behind enemy lines after his Sopwith Dolphin was shot down by Paul Billik of Jasta 52. Repatriated on 13 December 1918, Carter was killed in a flying accident near Lancing College on 22 May 1919. Flying at an altitude of 7,000 feet, it was thought that a wing broke on the Fokker D.VII he was flying.

Carter's Distinguished Service Order and French Croix de Guerre are on display at the Fort Beauséjour Museum in Aulac, New Brunswick, Canada.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, Saturday, 24 May 1919
Carter was flying this Fokker D.VII when he died
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Maj. Albert Desbrisay Carter, Infy., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He destroyed two enemy aeroplanes, drove down several others out of control, and on two occasions attacked enemy troops from a low altitude. He showed great keenness and dash as a patrol leader.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO) Bar
Maj. Albert Desbrisay Carter, D.S.O., New Brunswick R., and R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a fighting pilot. In three and a half months he destroyed thirteen enemy machines. He showed the utmost determination, keenness and dash, and his various successful encounters, often against odds, make up a splendid record.
   (D.S.O. gazetted 18th February, 1918.)
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 31 Oct 1917 1020 19 SPAD (B3498) C (OOC) Becelaere-Gheluvelt
2 31 Oct 1917 1340 19 SPAD (B3498) Albatros D.V (DES) Becelaere-Gheluvelt
3 08 Nov 1917 0925 19 SPAD (B3498) C (DES) S of Gheluvelt
4 09 Nov 1917 1100 19 SPAD (B3498) C (OOC) Moorslede
5 13 Nov 1917 1445 19 SPAD (B3498) Albatros D.V (DES) 1 N of Comines
6 15 Nov 1917 1015 19 SPAD (A8834) C (DES) 2 Zandvoorde
7 18 Nov 1917 1045 19 SPAD (A8834) Albatros C (OOC) 3 S of Passchendaele
8 23 Nov 1917 1025 19 SPAD (A8834) Albatros D.V (OOC) Westroosebeke-Mooslede
9 15 Dec 1917 0950 19 SPAD (A8834) C (DESF) Comines
10 18 Dec 1917 1500 19 SPAD (A8834) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Gheluwe
11 18 Dec 1917 1530 19 SPAD (A8834) Albatros D.V (OOC) Gheluwe-Moorslede
12 19 Dec 1917 1545 19 SPAD (A8834) Albatros D.V (OOC) Hollebeke
13 22 Dec 1917 1420 19 SPAD (A8834) Albatros D.V (DESF) 4 S of Quesnoy
14 28 Dec 1917 1005 19 SPAD (A8834) Albatros D.V (OOC) NW of Houthoulst Wood
15 29 Dec 1917 1015 19 SPAD (A8834) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Wood
16 15 Mar 1918 1115 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) Pfalz D.III (OOC) S of Halluin
17 15 Mar 1918 1130 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Halluin
18 17 Mar 1918 1235 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) Albatros D.V (DES) Oostnieuwkerke
19 24 Mar 1918 1040 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) C (OOC) 5 W of Roulers
20 10 Apr 1918 1015 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) C (DES) Neuve Chapelle
21 21 Apr 1918 1915 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Steenwerck
22 23 Apr 1918 1820 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) Pfalz D.III (DES) N of La Bassée
23 23 Apr 1918 1820 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) Pfalz D.III (DES) 5 N of La Bassée
24 02 May 1918 1745 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) Fokker DR.I (OOC) S of Armentières
25 08 May 1918 1020 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4017) Albatros D.V (DES) SE of Bailleul
26 15 May 1918 1825 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4132) Fokker DR.I (DES) Quesnoy
27 15 May 1918 1825 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4132) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Wervicq
28 16 May 1918 1110 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C4132) C (DESF) 6 Bucquoy

1 Shared with Lt John Candy
2 Shared with 2Lt Eric Olivier
3 Shared with 2Lt Eric Olivier, Lt A Reid-Walker (B6817)
4 Shared with Capt Oliver Bryson, 2Lt E J Blyth (B3563), 2Lt Eric Olivier, Lt Arthur Fairclough, Capt G W Taylor (A6805), 2Lt H E Galer (A8836)
5 Shared with Lt Gordon Irving
6 Shared with Lt James Hardman
 
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