Carter Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Just S of Schjelderup Lake, SE of Golden Hinde in Strathcona Provincial Park, Nootka Land District
Tags: World War II
Latitude-Longitude: 49°37'27''N, 125°42'40''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/12

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 11 November 1998.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Named to remember RCAF Squadron Leader Frank Ernest Carter, J13993, of Courtenay, serving with 434 Squadron when his plane was shot down 15 February 1944 over the North Sea. Born at Victoria 17 December 1919; moved with his familty to Courtenay as an infant. Carter had been promoted from Flight Lieutenant to Squadron Leader just 2 weeks before his death. He left a widow and one child, Ernie, in Ontario, and his parents in Courtenay.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"No trace was ever found of Frank Carter, his plane or his crew. He is believed to have crashed in the...[North Sea]...after being attacked by a German night fighter as he approached England after a bombing mission. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial at Kent, England, and on (Courtenay's) Sandwick Cairn." (newspaper clippings and photographs, provided by Courtenay Museum, file B.1.38)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office