Flying Officer John Henry Talbot CARR
Royal Air Force

Date of birth: 10th March 1899
Date of death: 20th May 1921

Killed on active service aged 22
Buried at St Edmundís Church Southwold
John Henry Talbot Carr was born at Lieston in Suffolk on the 10th of March 1899 the only son of Henry George Talbot Carr, a brick manufacturer, and Daisy Shelley (nee Davidson) Carr of Bradwell House, 6 Park Lane, Southwold in Suffolk.

He was educated at the Beacon School, Bexhill and at Lancing College from May 1914 to December 1915.

He passed his Royal Aero Club Certificate (number 3613) at the Ruffy-Bauman School at Hendon on the 21st of September 1916 and joined the Royal Naval Air Service on the 8th of July 1917. He was posted to Chingford for training on the 11th of August 1917. He was commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Air Service on the 5th of December 1917 and attended Cranwell from the 29th of September to the 28th of December 1917 when he was posted to Manston.

He was posted to 12 (Naval) Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service based at Dunkirk, and joined them on the 17th of January 1918. After his arrival there was a long period of bad weather during which time no flying was possible. His first flight took place on the 24th of January when he made a solo local flight in a Sopwith Camel. It seems likely that he was building his experience as he only had 7 hours 45 minutes of flying time in Camels at the end of the day. At 10.50am on the 25th of January 1918 he took off in Sopwith Camel B6348 for a local flight and returned at midday. There is no record of him having taken off again but he was shot down at 2.15pm to the east of the front line and to the south east of Dixmunde and was reported as missing in action. On the 31st of January a German aircraft dropped a message at Lewin Camp with a letter for his mother which said that he was a being held prisoner of war and that he was being well treated. He was initially held as a prisoner at Lansfurt but was moved to Halzminden Camp in Germany on the 10th of April. He was repatriated to England on the 14th of December 1918 and went on leave from the 16th of December 1918 to the 6th of February 1919.

On the 21st of February 1919 he was posted to 41 Training Depot Squadron and he was transferred to the Unemployed List on the 9th of July 1919.

On the 22nd of November 1920 he was appointed as a Flying Officer and was posted to the Aero Experimental Establishment as a test pilot. On the 1st of February 1921 he was posted to 203 Squadron. On the 3rd of May 1921 he was posted to the aircraft carrier HMS Argus for a course of instruction in landing on aircraft carriers.

On the 20th of May 1921 John Carr took off in Parnell Panther N7433 with Air Mechanic 2nd Class Jack Armstrong as his crewman. Both men were killed when the aircraft crashed at Fort Romer, Gosport.

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