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Name: Alfred Williams "Nick" Carter
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) (Bruce/Leslie)
Country: Canada
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 3N, 10N; 3W (RNAS)
210 (RAF)
Victories: 17
Born: 29 April 1894
Place of Birth: Fish Creek, Alberta, Canada
Died: 17 December 1986
Place of Death: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
 
 
The son of David and Martha Carter, Alfred Williams Carter was born on a ranch near Calgary and enlisted on 23 December 1915 at Kingston, Ontario where he had been a student at Queen's University. In 1916 he joined the Royal Naval Air Service and attended flight school at Thomas Brothers' School of Aviation in St. Augustine, Florida. In 1917, after serving with 3 Wing, he was posted to 3 Naval Squadron and scored 5 victories flying the Sopwith Pup. In June 1917 he was reassigned to 10 Naval Squadron as a flight commander and scored 4 more victories flying the Sopwith Triplane. By the end of the war, he scored another 8 victories flying the Sopwith Camel and assumed command of his squadron. Post-war he worked for the Air Board until April 1922, and in 1923 he owned and operated an automobile dealership, A.W. Carter, Ltd., in Victoria, B.C. Carter was an active member of the Air Cadet League of Canada.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
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.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Apr 1917 1020 3N Sopwith Pup (N6160) Halberstadt D.III (OOC) Bourlon Wood
2 23 Apr 1917 1730 3N Sopwith Pup (N6179) Albatros D.III (DES) Epinoy
3 23 Apr 1917 1800 3N Sopwith Pup (N6179) Albatros D.III (OOC) Epinoy
4 29 Apr 1917 1115 3N Sopwith Pup (N6179) Albatros D.III (OOC) SE of Cambrai
5 27 May 1917 0740 3N Sopwith Pup (N6474) Albatros D.III (OOC) E of Bullecourt
6 17 Jul 1917 2000 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6302) Albatros D.V (OOC) Roulers
7 23 Jul 1917 2025 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6302) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
8 24 Jul 1917 1230 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6302) Albatros D.V (OOC) Langemarck
9 27 Jul 1917 1930 10N Sopwith Triplane (N6302) Albatros D.V (OOC) W of Tourcoing
10 19 Feb 1918 1150 10N Sopwith Camel (B7202) Albatros D.V (DESF) S of Zillebeke Lake
11 10 Apr 1918 1245 210 Sopwith Camel (B6228) LVG C (CAP) Neuf Berquin
12 12 Apr 1918 210 Sopwith Camel (B7202) Balloon (DES) Near Estaires
13 08 May 1918 1055 210 Sopwith Camel (D3364) Albatros D.V (OOC) Armentières
14 09 May 1918 1145 210 Sopwith Camel (D3364) Rumpler C (OOC) 1 Bailleul
15 09 May 1918 1615 210 Sopwith Camel (D3364) Albatros C (DES) 2 1 mi N of Aubers
16 31 May 1918 1130 210 Sopwith Camel (D3399) Fokker DR.I (DES) 2 mi S of Estaires
17 05 Jun 1918 1010 210 Sopwith Camel (D3399) Fokker DR.I (DES) 2 mi E of Bailleul

1 Shared with Capt E S Arnold (B7227), Lt Solomon Joseph
2 Shared with Capt E S Arnold (B6242), Lt Frederick Hall
 
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