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    Default W/O G.R.G. CLARKE - 124/137 sqn sn 1317253

    Hello,

    Unless I need new glasses - possibly I'm getting older...- I'm unable to find the first names of the abovementioned pilot in AIR78 files despite his service number. He had the rank of Warrant Officer by end of War. I even tried all the Clarke with an R as first name, nothing.

    Any help would be very appreciated.

    Thanks
    Phil

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    Phil, Hi,
    Making a lot of assumptions (like if he Enlisted at age 18?!!) then there is a George R G Clarke birth Registered Newcastle (Q3 1923 11b 23). The s/n block 1300001 - 1360800 runs from Jun 1940 to Feb 1941.
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    Hi Phil,

    Is this your man?

    1317532/(161322) George CLARKE RAFVR

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/5533

    Strange about the service number and the surname - but not the same airman. 161322 P/O George CLARKE RAFVR of No.15 Sqn., failed to return from Berlin on 27/28 January, 1944. BCL5/53

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 17th August 2014 at 23:54.

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    Thanks Col, but my man was still an NCO when the war ended. Peter may be right if we accept the idea that this guy may have enlisted as an groundcrew and sent for a pilot course later on. Three initials for an NCO is not that common, so this guy is a good candidate. Do you know why he can't be found in AIR78, as you neither found his name in those files apparently?
    Phil

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    Phil,

    l have never accessed/downloaded AIR 78.

    Col.

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    Phil/Col,
    I made the assumption that he Enlisted at age 18. That narrowed the birth year down considerably (there are hundreds of G Clarkes!!). This makes staring at endless, repetitive, screens slightly easier. There was only one George R G Clarke in the time frame, which increased the chances it was him. There is also a George R G Clarke (b 1923) death Reg aged only 40. The Reg District is Cardigan South (8a 221) – which contains Aberporth. There was some very tricky, highly-classified, low flying being done at Aberporth at this time. This may (also?) be him? The other two Forenames will be on the B/D Certs and – maybe – in the Probate, but I don’t know how to access that.
    And two distinct Clarke’s with, apparently, the same Service Number is VERY odd?? Good game?
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    Peter,

    Not the same NCO number (1317253/1317532), but very similar!

    Col.

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    Thanks Peter for your efforts. If I understand well, you found two possible George R.G. Clarke. I'm not writiing his biography, I will live with his first name 'George' and let his middle names with initials only.
    Thanks again.
    Phil

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    Hi,
    In AIR78/32/4 there is probably a gap between pages 267 – 268.
    The last name in p.267: CLARKE George Nelson. In the latter one the first name: CLARKE George Richard.
    For example in LG you can find the appointment to commission of RAFVR George Reginald John CLARKE (2607064), 14th May 1955. However, his name is not in AIR78.
    But the name of C.J.C. Dyne (3510612) which is next to Clarke in AIR78 is.
    (I think that post-war service numbers did not change during commission.)

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    Mojmír

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    Phil,

    Before we wind this up. Can you briefly answer two questions?

    1/ Are you suggesting Clarke was a pilot?

    2/ What is your source on Clarke?

    Feel free to ignore the above if you don't wish to pursue the matter.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 18th August 2014 at 02:05.

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