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Sgt Peter Carrie

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by The_Historian, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. The_Historian

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    "A Second World War veteran who was evacuated from Dunkirk and survived daring bombing raids against the Nazis has died, the head of the Royal Air Force has said.
    Sergeant Peter Carrie, who was born in Dundee in 1915, served in the Army and then the RAF as a flight engineer on Lancaster Bombers.
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the Chief of the Air Staff, tweeted on Friday to say he was “sad” to learn that Chelsea Pensioner Sgt Carrie had died at the age of 102.
    Posting an image of himself with the veteran, he wrote he was “proud” to re-present him with his flight engineer brevet in 2014 – 70 years after he was first awarded it.
    At the time, Air Chief Marshal Hillier described Sgt Carrie as “extraordinary”.
    “The valour, the courage and commitment men like Sgt Carrie showed during WWII was just exceptional, in Bomber Command, in the mission that they did, and sustained throughout that war,” he said.
    Decades after the end of the Second World War, Sgt Carrie finally added a flight engineer brevet, or badge, to his distinctive scarlet uniform.
    He received his Bomber Command Clasp after it came to light he was “improperly dressed” without his flight engineer brevet, which he was eligible to wear on his uniform along with his medals.
    Sgt Carrie served with 75 (New Zealand) Squadron, surviving bombing missions against Nazi Germany including those on Hamburg and Wesel.
    The squadron flew more missions than any other Allied heavy bomber squadron and suffered the second highest casualties of the Allied squadrons.
    The RAF Bomber Command campaign in which Sgt Carrie fought saw the loss of more than 55,000 aircrew out of 125,000 – a death toll of nearly 45%."
    War veteran evacuated from Dunkirk dies aged 102
     
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    Gordon, I always enjoy reading about veterans. They have seen so much that I have not and never will. .Great story this !
    Thank you,

    Gaines
     

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