The Airmen's Stories - F/O J C Carriere
John Charles Carriere was born in Quebec, Canada in 1915 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in January 1939. He was posted to 219 Squadron when it was reformed at Catterick on 4th October 1939.
219 Squadron ‘B’Flight
Standing: Sgt. RV Cook, Sgt. GT Williams, Sgt. C Beveridge, P/O RV Baron, P/O RC Hall, Sgt. S Austin, Sgt. DC Bunch, Sgt. E Combes
Seated: Sgt. HF Grubb, Sgt. EG Grubb, P/O WGM Lambie, F/O JC Carriere, F/O HG Goddard, F/Lt. JH Little, F/O JG Topham, P/O GM Head, P/O J Sinclair, Sgt. OA Dupee, Sgt. HK Crook.
Centre on ground unknown.
He went to 229 Squadron at Digby on 23rd October and rejoined 219 Squadron, then at Redhill, on 9th December 1939.
Carriere was on a searchlight co-operation flight in Blenheim L8724 on 6th August 1940 when he collided with high tension cables and crashed into a river. The aircraft was written off but Carriere and his gunner, Sgt. C Beveridge, survived.
Beveridge was treated for facial injuries and returned to duty but Carriere was admitted to hospital with facial injuries and was non effective sick for a month. He did not fly again until 12th September.
In January 1944 Carriere transferred to the RCAF and he was released in Canada on 28th November 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.