"A sad event - with both so far from home"
(F/Lt Jacques Carlier)
On 8 January 1942 F/Lt J.A.M.J.G. Carlier, CO “B” Flight (Spitfire IIa P8702), leading the left section of a 12 aircraft formation led by S/Ldr Thompson, was injured, in an accident when a Lysander Aircraft (V9604) flew into the Formation. F/Lt. Carlier's aircraft was damaged and he force landed. Badly injured he was removed to the C and A Infirmary Bangor where he was placed on the dangerously ill list. He would stay for many months at the hospital, ending his carreer as fighter pilot. Desire Guillaume, posted in on 17 January 1942, from 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, then took over the command of “B” Flight and later the Squadron.
The accident happened over Plas Gors Rhosneigr, just off of the runway of R.A.F Valley, and the pilot of the Lysander, Podporusnik (Pilot Officer) Stefan Kalarus (Polish), of No. 6 A.A.C.U. (No. 6 Anti Aircraft Co-operation Unit) from Ringway, Manchester was killed in the accident.
His gravestone in the churchyard at Llangadwaladr (St. Cadwaladr) Churchyard, Anglesey incorrectly attributes him to 350 Squadron.
(Information supplied by Serge Bonge, Allan Hillman, Franek Grabowski, Ian Brown and Hilary Jackson.)
(Photo of S Kalarus gravestone supplied by Hilary Jackson. Photo of J. Carlier supplied by André Bar)