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Clark, Donald (Warrant Officer 1st Class)

Prisoner of War 1944-June-08

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Birth Date: 1917-September-03 (age 26)

Home: Carman, Manitoba

Service
RCAF
Unit
76 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Resolute
Base
RAF Holme on Spalding Moor
Rank
Warrant Officer 1st Class
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
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Service Numbers
R/106192
8078

Warrant Officer Class 1 Clark was one of 168 Allied Airmen imprisoned at Buchenwald Concentration Camp until the German Luftwaffe intervened and had these prisoners moved to Luftwaffe controlled POW camps. Sent to Stalag Luft 3, Warrant Officer Class 1 Clark was safe, back in the United Kingdom 1945-05-05

Took off from Holme-on-Spalding Moor at 23:03 in Halifax Mk III (Sqn code MP-D Bomber Command) on an operation to attack rail communications at Juvisy France.

Shot down by flak after bomb run. Aircraft was abandoned by the crew and crashed near Etampes, Essonne, France.

POWs: WO Donald Clark RCAF R/106192 POW Camp not listed. Sgt Thomas Cameron GUY (R/213001) Halifax BIII MZ531 1944-06-07 76 Sqdn Sgt Gerald Conway HEDDLE (R/163712) Halifax BIII MZ531 1944-06-07 76 Sqdn Stalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia Sgt Philip Russell HUNT (R/176092) Halifax BIII MZ531 0000-00-00 76 Sqdn Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria Sgt James Frederick MCGARVEY (R/169176) Halifax BIII MZ531 1944-06-07 76 Sqdn Stalag Luft L7 Bankau near Kreuzburg, Upper Silesia

Evaders: Sgt R Dodds RCAF R/204941 Evader. Sgt W H Eggleston RAF Evader.

Home
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Target
Google MapJuvisy France

Halifax MZ531

Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald Lane, (later Lieutenant-General, RCAF), over the English countryside. Flt Lt Lane and his crew flew twelve operations in W7676, which failed to return from a raid on Nuremberg on the night of 28/29 August 1942, when it was being flown by Flt Sgt D. John and crew.

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

YouTube Halifax Heavy Bomber WWII

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Halifax Bomber

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last update: 2023-12-08 20:34:11

Halifax B.Mk.III MZ531

Failed to Return, Juvisy, 8.6.44, crashed near Etampes, France
Units 78/76

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