The Airmen's Stories - P/O D Stewart-Clark
Dudley Stewart-Clark, of West Lothian, was born on 17th July 1911 and educated at Eton.
He learned to fly at the Scottish Flying Club, Renfrew and was awarded Aero Certificate 11128 on 12th May 1933. His ID photo below.
He commenced work with the family firm J&P Coats Ltd. and headed their Spanish branch. He was a member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
Stewart-Clark joined the RAFVR about May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on September 1st 1939 he completed his training and was serving with 603 Squadron at Dyce in June 1940.
On July 3rd he shared in the destruction of a Ju88, on the 6th he shared a Do17 and on the 15th and 16th he shared He111s. He was shot down by Hauptmann Bode of II/JG 26 over the Channel off Margate on September 3rd in Spitfire X4185. Stewart-Clark baled out, wounded, and was admitted to Chelmsford Hospital.
Above : out of hospital but still bandaged.
He was killed on September 19th 1941, as a Flight Lieutenant with 72 Squadron. His Spitfire Vb W3516 was shot down off the French coast near Gravelines.
He is buried in Pihen-les-Guines Communal Cemetery, France.
Stewart-Clark is also commemorated on a family memorial at St. Cuthbert’s Church Cemetery,
West Lothian and on the war memorial of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (below).
Above images by kind permission of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.