WORLD WAR I: CAMOUFLAGED SECTION OF A FOKKER D VII, SHOT DOWN BY A.W. CARTER, 201ST SQUADRON RFC.
[Germany, 1918.] A painted camouflage canvas panel from a Fokker D VII plane, stenciled "Fokker D VII (O.A.W.) 8492/18," recovered from a crashed plane by the Canadian Pilot who had shot it down. Original varnish, some light crackling to the surface. [Together with]: 8 period photographs of "Nick" Carter and his fellow flyers, including a studio portrait of Carter, Carter and his fellow flyers, the mess at Marioux, and the planes lined up for service, with a period 1917 newspaper clipping about carter, a photograph of his citation, and a 1p T.L.S., dated April 1st 1982, Vancouver B.C., from Carter to "Jim" describing the various photographs and objects. The grouping all mounted in a frame, unexamined outside frame. 860 x 1100mm (34 x 43.5 inches.)
A poignant aerial combat trophy recovered from the wreckage of the last kill taken by the Canadian flying ace, Flight Commander Alfred Williams "Nick" Carter. Carter had taken private flying lessons after resigning from the Canadian army in 1916, and then joined the fledgling Canadian Air Force and went to France, flying with the RFC in operations on the Somme and other battles. He served with No. 3 and No. 10 squadrons RNFS in 1917, and posted as the Canadian Commander of the 201st Squadron RFC in October 1917, supporting the second Battle of the Somme. The typed letter from Nick Carter to a collector called "Jim," explains the history of the panel, and gives details of the extra photographs that he has sent along with the panel, which Jim mounted all together. Nick Carter MBE DSC 1894-1986 is credited with 16 victories during WW1, flying Sopwith Pups and Camels with Royal Naval Fighter Squadrons. After the First World War he took up a position with the RCAF, formed the first air cadet Squadron in Canada in 1939.