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James Richard Carter

Military

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 137 x combat missions, 367 x combat hrs. Credited 6 x kills, 3 x probables and 3 x damaged. Completed 2 tours of duty. Married to Marion N. Carter.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (11OLC), Croix de Guerre, LOM, SS, Army Commendation Ribbon, Defense Service Medal, WWII Victory, EAME (6 Bronze stars), UN and Korean medal.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-28834

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 42-7960 'Joker'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred war weary to 552FTS, 495FTG, 8AF USAAF. Destroyed in fatal crash 28-Jul-44 pilot Lt Arthur G Jenkins Jr KIA.

  • 44-21129

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pullman, WA 99163, USA 2 May 1919
Lived in Palouse, WA 99161, USA 1941
Based Boxted July 1942 – 6 February 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Crashed Halesworth IP19, UK 6 November 1943

Landing Accident Halesworth/Sta 365 Cat 3 damage Lt James R Carter, 6-Nov-43.

P-47D 42-74622 - 61FS 56FG 8AF

Promotion 1944

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 6 February 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Crashed Georgetown, DE 19947, USA 6 April 1944

Belly Landing due to Engine Failure Georgetown, DE Cat 3 damage Capt James R Carter, 6-Apr-44

P-47C 41-6438 - 534FS 83FG 1AF

Crashed 442 13th St, Dover, DE 19902, USA 9 April 1944

Taxiing Accident Ground Collision Dover AAF, Dover, DE Cat 3 damage Capt James R Carter, 9-Apr-44.

P-47D 42-8337 - 534FS 83FG 1AF

Based Boxted 16 October 1944 – 3 May 1945

Re-assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion England, UK 22 November 1944

Promoted to Major.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) [2] England, UK 3 May 1945

Ended 2nd Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Las Cruces, NM, USA 6 April 1996
Buried 5200 Fred Wilson Ave, El Paso, TX 79906, USA

Fort Bliss National Cemetery
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2017 17:00:11 Lucy May Changes to biography and events
Sources

Brought in record from duplicate source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Marion N. Carter (Mrs. James R. Carter)

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2017 09:50:55 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/79163878-james-r-carter
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Carter&Submit=Search
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_carter_j_r.php
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Carter%2C+James+R...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/471823/james-richard-carter

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2017 20:44:40 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Carter&Submit=Search
http://www.cieldegloire.com/014_carter_j_r.php
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Carter%2C+James+R...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/personnel.htm

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