Carver, John Champion


John Champion Carver was born on  30th January 1916, the third of son of Sydney Ralph Pitts Carver CBE and Gertrude Mary Carver (nee Malden) of Farnham, Surrey.  He entered Culver House (later Fearon’s)  in September 1929 from West Downs, Winchester.  He was a Commoner Prefect in his last year, in Sixth Book and did well as a cricketer.   He was tried for Lords as a slow bowler and got into 2nd XI.  In October 1934 he went to Christ Church, Oxford and took his degree in Natural Sciences in 1937.  A year later he went to Malaya to work for Imperial Chemical Industries.   He had joined the Oxford  Unversity Air  Squadron and had qualified as a pilot in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve before the war.

Early in 1940 he was posted back to England, and until late in 1941 was engaged in night fighting.   In 1942 he was appointed Squadron Leader of a Fighter Squadron (No 118).    In March of that year he was shot down off the Channel Islands and was in his rubber dinghy for fifty-seven hours until picked up by a destroyer.   For his courage and resource he was awarded the DFC.

He was killed in action on 4th June 1942.

He was a first rate Squadron Leader and won the confidence of all who served with him.  A brother officer said:  “His unfailing sense of humour, his courage and enthusiasm will long remain an inspiration to all who knew him”.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Carver
  • Forenames or initials: John Champion
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1929-1934
  • Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 30th January 1916
  • Date of Death: 6th June 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F2
  • Decoration: DFC
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 65