An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Raymond CARR

No. 1040434 Sergeant (Wireless Operator),
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve;
No. 48 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Died 6 June 1944, aged 21 years.

Buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados,

He was killed during operations on D-Day itself. His squadron was flying Douglas Dakota transport aircraft engaged in paratroop-dropping and glider-towing duties. He was the wireless operator on a Dakota which, shortly after releasing its towed glider, was brought down by anti-aircraft fire at Melville near Ouistreham on the northern French coast. The cemetery in which he is buried contains 2,170 British and Commonwealth war graves.

Raymond Carr was the son of Theodore Wilfred Carr and Eleanor Carr. He won a North Riding County Council Scholarship to attend Coatham School as a day boy in September 1936. He was then aged thirteen and joined Cochrane’s House, in Form IIIA. The school magazine of March 1937 noted his participation in the annual cross-country run. He remained in school until July 1939, by then in Form VB, and there is evidence that he may well have had a younger brother in the school. His parents lived in Blackpool at the time of his death. He was first listed on the School’s Roll of Honour in June 1945.