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    In both No Moon Tonight and Journeys into Night Don Charlwood refers negatively to (but does not name) the CO of 103 Squadron during his tour from September 1943 to February 1944. Can anyone enlighten me as to who the CO was at this time? Just curious!

    David

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    David,

    W/C Carter DSO, DFC, is probably your man.

    No.103 Sqn., Officers Commanding.

    26257 W/C Robert Alfred Copsey CARTER DSO, DFC Sept 1942 -
    39807 W/C John Anthony SLATER DFC* April 1943 -
    33032 W/C Eric Douglas McKinley NELSON Oct 1943 -
    33252 W/C Hubert Reginald GOODMAN May 1944 -

    You might also care to take a look here:

    http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/S00568/

    Click on Transcript.

    408794 Donald Ernest Cameron CHARLWOOD OAM** RAAF, died in the Knox Private Hospital, Victoria, Australia, on the 19th June, 2012, aged 96.

    ** Member of the Order of Australia, for his services to literature.

    Col.
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    Thanks, Col.

    Carter does not come across as at all admirable in Don Charlwood's accounts.

    David

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    Surely Nelson is the OC in question if the time period is Sep 1943 - Feb 1944

    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    Charlwood served on No.103 Squadron, 23/09/1942 - 17/4/1943.

    Col.
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    Cheers Col

    David's original post stated 1943 - 1944

    Malcolm

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    Thanks,

    My original error.

    David

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    Carter, who was born in Sep 1910, served in the RAF post war and retired as an Air Cdre in 1964, having added a CB to his other awards. I think he has died only fairly recently - say the last three or four years at most.

    He was well known for his rather firm views and ideas and it is not surprising that Charlwood might have found him a difficult cuss to deal with.

    There are many other examples of similar characters: Bader, Gibson, Anthony Heward, Bill Abercromby to name but a few. Perhaps the phrase: 'cometh the hour, cometh the man' might apply to some or all of these, given the time in which they served and led.

    Colin Cummings

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    There is a biography of Carter on my website www.rafweb.org, he died last November aged 102

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm. Went to your exvellent site, but this was the only Air Commodore Carter where the URL failed.

    David

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