The Airmen's Stories - Sub/Lt.(FAA) J C Carpenter
Jack Conway Carpenter was born and brought up in Canada but moved to the UK when his parents decided to move back to the ancestral home in Wales.
(Above: Carpenter (seated centre) with his family in Toronto in 1938 before they all moved back to the UK. Behind him is F/O Fred Carpenter RCAF, who went on to become an Air Vice Marshal and later Major General FS Carpenter AFC CD after the three Canadian armed services were amalgamated)
He joined the Fleet Air Arm in July 1939. Attached to the RAF from 15th June 1940, Carpenter joined 229 Squadron at Wittering on July 9th 1940. Two weeks later he moved to 46 Squadron at Digby.
(Above: Carpenter (left) as a military cadet in Canada and (right) in FAA uniform)
Carpenter destroyed a Me110 near North Weald on 3rd September and two days later he shot down a Me109 in the Southend area. On 8th September he was shot down during an attack on enemy aircraft over Sheppey. He baled out but fell dead. His Hurricane, P3201, crashed at Bearsted, Maidstone.
Carpenter's body was taken to the Royal Naval Dockyard at Chatham from whence it was returned to his family at Llanfaethlu, Anglesey. He was buried at sea on 16th September 1940.
He was 21 years old.
(All images above courtesy of the Carpenter family)
(Above) Carpenter is also commemorated on the Fleet Air Arm Memorial at Lee-on-Solent, Hants.