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The Airmen's Stories - S/Ldr. D De B Clark


David de Brassey Clark was born on 19th August 1913 and joined 600 Squadron Auxiliary Air Force in 1935, he was commissioned in May. At the time he was an aviation insurance underwriter.

He married Marjorie Raphael in July 1938.

On 15th January 1939 he was made 'A' Flight Commander.

He was called to full-time service on 24th August 1939 and took command of the squadron on 10th May 1940 when the CO, S/Ldr. Wells, was reported missing. On that day Clark led 'A' Flight on a daylight attack on Middlekerck-Zeebrugge-Flushing, during which he shared in the destruction of a He111 on the ground.

Clark was posted from 600 in September 1940 after being hospitalised with broken foot-bones, following a fall into a trench on the 14th.

He relinquished command of 600 Squadron two days later.

An account of the liberation of Brussels mentioned him as CO of mobile night fighter control column.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was made a CBE (gazetted 1st January 1945) and released from the RAF later in 1945 as a Group Captain.

Clark died in Chelmsford, Essex in 1988.



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