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Clarke, Raymond Albert (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-September-13

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Birth Date: unkown date (age )

Service
RAF
Unit
31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Base
Debert, Nova Scotia
Rank
Pilot Officer
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
pilot instructor
Service Numbers

31OTU carried out operational maritime patrols of the Western Atlantic from Dartmouth Nova Scotia.

P/O Clarke was the senior pilot - instructor on such a flight with three newly certified pilots.

Killed includes Clarke: P/O James Alfred Hackett RCAF pilot J/12097 KIFA Ottawa Memorial Panel 1. Column 4. Sgt James Mclean Johnson RCAF pilot R/115270 KIFA Ottawa Memorial Panel 1. Column 5. Sgt Donald Roderick Lagimodiere RCAF pilot R/101688 KIFA Ottawa Memorial Panel 1. Column 5.

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Crew on Hudson Mk. V AM765

Lockheed Hudson A-28 A-29 AT-18

Lockheed Hudson
Source National Air Force Museum of Canada.

The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force (RAF) shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter. The Hudson served throughout the war, mainly with Coastal Command, but also in transport and training roles, as well as delivering agents into occupied France. They were also used extensively with the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) anti-submarine squadrons. National Air Force Museum of Canada.

YouTube Hudson

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hudson

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hudon - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (247), RCAF 400 Squadron (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson Mk. V AM765

With No. 31 OTU at Debert, NS when taken on strength. The a/c went missing on a night navigations exercise on 13 Sep 1942. There were no anomalies reported and no wreckage was found. Pilot Officer R.A. Clarke (pilot), Flight Sergeant J.M. Johnson (observer), Pilot Officer J.A. Hackett (WAG) and Flight Sergeant D.R Legimediere (WAG) were lost. Assigned to workshop reserve at No. 4 RD on 17 Sep 1942.
1941-06-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1942-September-13 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Unknown Names: Clark | Hackett | Johnson | Lagimediere
1943-01-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF) (31 Operational Training Unit)

The Operational Training Unit (OTU) was the last stop for aircrew trainees. They spent 8 to 14 weeks learning to fly operational aircraft (Hawker Hurricane or Fairey Swordfish, e.g.). The instructors had experience in actual operations, and often were posted to OTUs after their operational tour. More information on the RCAF Station at Debert, Nova Scotia can be found at
  • RAF Roundel RCAF.info - Debert, Nova Scotia

  • General History 31 OTU by Maj (Ret) G.D. Madigan

  • General Wall Of Honour NO31 OTU

  • 1941-06-03 Primary Location Debert NS Canada Currently site of Delbert Airport Ident CCQ3

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