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Clark, Joseph Frank S (Sergeant)

Survived 1944-August-12

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

Home: Halifax, Yorkshire

Service
RAFVR
Unit
422 (MP) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Base
RAF Castle Archdale, Northern Ireland.
Rank
Sergeant
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
Air Gunner
Service Numbers
1694120

Sunderland Mk. III NJ175

Convoy Patrol 1944-August-12 to 1944-August-12

422 (MP) Sqn (RCAF) RAF Castle Archdale

422 Flying Yachtsmen Squadron (This Arm Shall Do It) RAF Castle Archdale. Sunderland III aircraft NJ 175 had an engine seize just after take-off, carrying a full operational load and attempted to return to base. The crew jettisoned their bomb-load and were in the process of dumping fuel when the aircraft made a crash-landing, on land, near Bellek, County Donegal, Northern Ireland

Flying Officer RT Wilkinson (RCAF), F/L EG Devine (RCAF) and Pilot Officer JR Forrest (RCAF) were killed in action

Flying Officer GW Allen (RCAF), Sergeant GA Colburne (RCAF), Sergeant HR Jeal (RCAF), Pilot Officer AL Locke (RCAF), Sergeant DV Oderkirk (RCAF), Pilot Officer RC Parker (RCAF), Flying Officer MA Platsko (RCAF), Sergeant CL Singer (RCAF) and Sergeant JFS Clark (RAFVR) all survived with a wide degree of injuries

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Took off at 11:55 on 1944-08-12 from RAF Castle Archdale, Co. Fermanagh Northern Ireland, RAF Coastal Command on a patrol of the north Atlantic.

The pilot reported a rough-running engine and that he was returning to base.

He dumped fuel and jettisoned depth charges over the coast before coming inland. The plane came down on flat ground near Cashelard, Co. Donegal. The impact started a fire, which burned out the forward section and wings of the plane.

Killed: F/Lt Evan Campbell Devine RCAF J/5705 pilot KIFA Irvinestown Church Of Ireland Plot 2. Grave 51. Pilot Officer John Reginald Forrest RCAF J/92096 KIFA Sacred Heart RC Church Irvinestown Grave 7. Flying Officer Roy Thomas Wilkinson RCAF J/28705 pilot KIFA Irvinestown Church Of Ireland Plot 2. Grave 52.

The crew and their injuries includes Clark: Flying Officer George Willoughby Allen J/24911 RCAF Nav. Survived with head injuries, and burns to hands and legs. Sergeant George Arnold Colburn RCAF R/217572. Survived with head injuries, and broken right leg. Sergeant Harold Roger Jeal RCAF R/75336 FE. Survived with fractured spine, and burns to hands and face. Pilot Officer Arthur Leslie Locke RCAF J/85165. Survived with head injuries. Sergeant Delbert Venus Oderkirk RCAF R/161807. Survived with injuries to hands and face. Pilot Officer Robert Clifford Parker RCAF C/86728, uninjured.. Flying Officer Martin Alexander Platsko RCAF J/24784 Co-pilot Survived with head injuries. Sergeant Charles Langford Singer RCAF R/206461. Survived with fractured left arm.

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Sunderland NJ175

Short Sunderland

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (DND Photo)
Short Sunderland, coded Z, 15 Apr 1943

The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber, developed and constructed by Short Brothers for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The aircraft took its service name from the town (latterly, city) and port of Sunderland in North East England.

Developed in parallel with the civilian S.23 Empire flying boat, the flagship of Imperial Airways, the Sunderland was developed specifically to conform to the requirements of British Air Ministry Specification R.2/33 for a long-range patrol/reconnaissance flying boat to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF). As designed, it served as a successor to the earlier Short Sarafand flying boat. Sharing several similarities with the S.23, it featured a more advanced aerodynamic hull and was outfitted with various offensive and defensive armaments, including machine gun turrets, bombs, aerial mines, and depth charges. The Sunderland was powered by four Bristol Pegasus XVIII radial engines and was outfitted with various detection equipment to aid combat operations, including the Leigh searchlight, the ASV Mark II and ASV Mark III radar units, and an astrodome.

The Sunderland was one of the most powerful and widely used flying boats throughout the Second World War. In addition to the RAF, the type was operated by other Allied military air wings, including the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), French Navy, Norwegian Air Force, and the Portuguese Navy. During the conflict, the type was heavily involved in Allied efforts to counter the threat posed by German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. Wikipedia

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Sunderland Mk. III NJ175

With No. 422 (GR) Squadron, RCAF, coded "T". Crashed on 12 August 1944, following engine failure shortly after take off from Castle Archdale. Jettisoned depth charges, and was jettisoning fuel whne it crashed. Struck a hill 2 miles south of Belleek, turned over, broke in two and caught fire. 3 killed, 4 severely injured. Crash site also reported as Corlea, Cashelard, Republic of Ireland. Survivors visited crash location in late 2004.

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