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    Default Failing to identity LAC J.R. Clark # 538337 POW Wellington P2515 37 Sqn 23/24-03-40

    Can anyone help with the full identification of this fellow the bomber loss card say J.R. Clark<scrubbed out> so could be Clarke

    Service number 538337 could be 588337


    I can't find him on Air 78 POW List on this site has LAC J.R. Clark # 538337


    Thanks

    Paul

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    Paul,

    Looking at the Enlistment numbers it would seem unlikely for his number to have been 588337? So, assuming(!) the number should be 538337 – and if this, itself, is not a typo – then he must have Enlisted after Oct 1925? Civilian Enlistment (as opposed to Apprentices, etc) would have been 18 yrs old? So that would have made his Birth Reg as 1907 (+/- 5?)? I can’t get a J R Clark(e) to come up in England/Wales BMD - or, alternatively, there are too many of them!!!. So what was a 33-yr old LAC doing in a Wellington? Possibly his RAF career was not going as well as expected? Call for volunteers to become Air Gunners might have been the way out?

    505001 to 549999 Oct 1925 Civilians
    582000 to 589999 Aug 1944 Aircraft Apprentices

    There are a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in this scenario, but one is beginning to think that there might have been more than one transcription/typo error in this one? (This should be in the A-Level paper for RAF Researchers!!!!)

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    LAC Clark JR is in 'Footprints in the sands of time' (Clutton-Brock) as aboard a 37 Sqn Wellington on leaflet dropping. Gives POW No as 13070, probably from Camp 8B. From Chorley - Wellington 1a LF-H T/O from Feltwell at 22.51.Templeman and Wilson both died, the rest including LAC Clark were taken POW. Looks like he was a gunner; not uncommon at that time. 37 ORBs should shed some light?

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    Default LAC J.R.Clark

    Hello there,
    Your man might be James Robert Clark,service number 1558537,from AIR78/32,part 2,page 122.
    Regards,
    Mark Simpson.

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    Mark thanks for looking I had discounted 1558537 as allocated from May 1941 in Edinburgh

    Paul

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    This may be why he doesn't appear in the Eng/Wales BMDs?
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    Paul.

    The ORB mentions an A C Clark (later LAC Clark) on four occasions. It does not identify him by either number or initial. It was his fourth operation on which he was made PoW. He also took part in the Squadron's first operation on 3rd September 1939.

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    Kevin Mears

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    Paul

    A possibility, James Ritchie Clark born in Newcraighall Edinburgh in 1909. From Scotland's People

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    Paul,

    Air25/57 records him as LAC J.R Clark 538337 (Rear Gunner).

    Hope it helps

    Steve
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    Kevin, Steve and Dave

    Thanks for this, a real missing of course it could be his file is missing from Air 78 or but all roads lead to him being LAC J.R Clark 538337! but who exactly he is will remain a mystery for now!

    Paul

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