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    I'm trying to find out where and when Sergeant Air Gunner 1603824 Ross Lewis Clark enlisted.

    He was born third quarter 1922 Droxford, Hampshire and died 28/04/1944 (Lancaster ME720 was shot down at Hämikon, Switzerland).

    Son of George Herbert and Florence Annie Clark of 33 Serpentine Road, Fareham, Hampshire

    Husband of Joyce Clark

    Any help very much appreciated!

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    Hi,

    according to his service number 1603824:

    1600001 - 1610000 IX.41 in Oxford

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    HTSCF/Pavel, Hi,

    If his b. was Reg Q3 1922 (Droxford) then he would have been 18 in Q3 1940? I have the Block 1600001-1610000 issued from Oxford from 1 Sep 1941. Oxford also issued 1850001-1853991 from 1 Nov 42, so logic, and reasoned argument, would seem to dictate that they were issuing 1600001-1610000 up until 31 Oct 42. If that is so then my (highly experimental?!) program gives 10 Feb 42 as the date of issue of his Service Number. Pavel says Sep 41. I reckon early Feb 42. But regardless, he was 18 in Q3 1940, and should have been Conscripted then? Perhaps he had Registered with the Min of Labour and Nat Svc in Q3 1940 but was finishing an Apprenticeship (or similar) and, as a result, his ‘call-up’ was delayed until he had finished whatever it was?
    HTH
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    Peter, et al,

    The following might help with Ross Clark's activities immediately prior to, and on enlistment (unfortunately, no dates):

    Swiss clocks showed 01.38hr when the disaster occurred. The pilot was thrown clear from the main wreck, killed by either the conflagration, his cockpit frame, shards of metal or by striking the ground. Three others rode, trapped to their death. There were John Eaton, the flight engineer and another sergeant, Ross Clark, the mid-upper gunner from Fareham, Hampshire. Once a police constable in Portsmouth and as such dispensed from military duties he had - as Walter Morgan in the Sion tragedy - forfeited that immunity and volunteered for aircrew service. Accepted as an under-training pilot/observer, he had washed out, but, keen on flying at all costs, had re-mustered as air gunner.

    See:
    Infringing Neutrality The RAF in Switzerland 1940-45.
    Anthoine,Roger.
    Stroud:Tempus Publishing,2006
    p.138

    There is a photo of Ross Clark and his crew in the book (photo #46). There are also details of their ops.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 15th September 2018 at 17:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HTSCF Hampshire View Post
    I'm trying to find out where and when Sergeant Air Gunner 1603824 Ross Lewis Clark enlisted.

    He was born third quarter 1922 Droxford, Hampshire and died 28/04/1944 (Lancaster ME720 was shot down at Hämikon, Switzerland).

    Son of George Herbert and Florence Annie Clark of 33 Serpentine Road, Fareham, Hampshire

    Husband of Joyce Clark

    Any help very much appreciated!
    Just a bit of an update - firstly Ross was not married, Joyce was in fact his sister!

    Secondly I can now confirm that his DoB was 27/06/1922 at Droxford.

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    Thanks to all again for their help on this one.

    HTSCF

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