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    Default Sgt P.F. Clarke, 546660, 21/06/1940

    Who knows more about:

    Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Patrick F. Clarke, RAF 546660, 254 Sqdn., age unknown, 21/06/1940, Lerwick New Cemetery, UK
    Killed in action on operations against the enemy.

    and the plane he was on?

    254 Squadron (Coastal Command) flew in this period mainly operations in the Norway area. Sgt Clarke is not mentioned in Ross McNeills Coastal Commands losses and he is the only 254 Sqdn casualty for this day.

    Regards,

    Bart
    Last edited by Bart FM Droog; 6th March 2008 at 16:25. Reason: additional info received on cause of his death

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    Bart,
    If you need it I can probably get you a pic of Sgt Clarke's Headstone in Lerwick New Cemetery. It will not add to the information, but it will - at least - show his final Resting Place.
    Regards
    Peter Davies

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    That might be good idea just to confirm the date of death!!!

    I cannot find a Patrick Clarke or Clark dying in Scotland in Shetlands on Scotlands People for 1940!

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    Hi Fellow Researchers,

    CLARKE, PATRICK FRANCIS
    Initials: P F
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Unit Text: 254 Squadron
    Date of Death: 21/06/1940
    Service No: 546660
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Terrace 9. Grave 42.
    Cemetery: LERWICK NEW CEMETERY

    Odd but I can`t find anything involving this airman in an accident on land, perhaps the aircraft ditched and his body was washed ashore returning from a patrol?

    254 were at Sumburgh flying Blenheim IVs at that time, though no mention of the pilot or Obs in Lerwick, perhaps missing or taken back home? Or even survived the ordeal?

    Sorry I can`t help further.

    Regards.
    Dave.

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    According to Fledgling Eagles 254 Sqn were in action on both 20 June and 21st June

    For 20th June it says 'One of the Sn Blenhems engaged in combat with a He 115 west of Smola but was hit by return fire, and arrived back at base with pilot wounded"

    Also on 21st June says ' 3 aircraft escort of 204 Sqn Sunderlands, but broke away to attack an He 115 - inconclsuvely as it turned out"

    I suggest Clarke was wounded on 20 June (maybe not just pilot or pilot incorrect) or 21 June in these actions

    Prehaps ORB will explain all

    Paul

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    Hello all,

    Thanks for your replies. I've posted this question also on TOCH; extra possiblities offered there were: Sgt Clarke could have been on loan to Bomber Command.

    Paul, how strict must one take the 'killed in action on operations against the enemy'-listing?
    If he was wounded on the 20th and died of wounds, would he be listed as 'killed in action on operations?

    Resmoroh - If you have a picture of his headstone I would like to receive it and publish it above his name on this 254 Squadron-page: http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/254_squadron.html

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Bart,

    I had all my Lerwick Cemetery pics on my PC, so have sent you the pic of the grave, of course if Peter sends one anyhow and its a better shot, just use whichever is best.

    Regards.
    Dave.

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    Hello all,

    The picture of the headstone is online, at http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/254_squadron.html#2106

    Strangely enough 254 Sqdn is not mentioned on the stone.

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Default Sgt P.F. Clarke, 546660 21/06/1940

    Hello,

    CWGC must have got the link to 254 sqdn from somewhere ?

    Alex

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    One would think so.

    Bart

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