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    Default F/L Leonard E. Clark, DFC (77338)

    I believe F/L Leonard E. Clark survived WWII but can anyone tell me if he is deceased and if so what date did he die.

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    Andy Fletcher
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    Andy,

    The following answers your query:

    From Colin Hanson's 'By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999'
    CLARK, Squadron Leader Leonard Ernle, DFC, mid.
    NZ2362; Born Christchurch, 16 Aug 1906; RNZAF/TAF 15 Sep 1938; RAF 11 Nov 1939, 77338; RNZAF 1 Jan 1944 to 26 May 1946; Pilot.
    Citation Mention in Despatches (NY1941): For distinguished service. Served as a detachment commander of PR flights in France and in Cornwall Nov 1939-Dec 1940.
    Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (13 Jan 1941): [PRU Coastal Command] This officer has been in command of a reconnaissance unit flight since 1st July 1940. During this time he has carried out some 25 reconnaissances over enemy occupied territory, and the results obtained have been of inestimable value to the Intelligence staff and to the squadrons concerned. He has displayed exceptional devotion to duty and splendid leadership.
    During Oct-Nov 1936 Flt Lt Clark flew a Percival Gull from England to NZ - flying from Sydney to Blenheim in 12 hours 50 mins. In Nov 1939 he joined the first PR unit in the RAF formed by Sidney Cotton and from bases in France covered Germany. In 1941 he took part in the Atlantic Ferry ferrying a Fortress, a Liberator and two Hudsons across the Atlantic for RAF service. He then became Chief Test Pilot for the RAF Ferry Command until Jan 1942 when he became Senior Air Traffic Control Officer, Bermuda, and in Dec 1943 Senior ATC Officer Gander, Newfoundland. Died Kirwee, 27 Dec 1964.

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    A small point that could only come from a pedant such as I am; your man was RAFVR rather than RAF.
    Regards, Terry

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    Terry,

    Well spotted!

    Errol

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    Many thanks Errol, you've been a great help again.

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    Andy Fletcher
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    Another detail which may be of interest to some board members. S/L L E Clark was OC 144 Staging Post, RAF Transport Command, Whenuapai, New Zealand, probably from Nov 1944 till about early 1946. This would seem to fit in with his connection with Ferry Command.
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    Hi David,

    Thanks for the additional detail.

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    Andy Fletcher
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