Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark DFM AE
11 April 1919 -
William Terence Clark was born in Croydon on 11 April 1919. He joined 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force, at Kenley in March 1938 as an Aircrafthand/Air Gunner. He trained and flew in Hawker Hectors on Army co-
During the Battle of Britain 219 Squadron also operated out of RAF Leeming, carrying out day-
In the late summer of 1940 219 Sqn re-
Clark was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal, gazetted on 8 July 1941.
In July 1941 he was posted to 1455 Flight, then forming at Tangmere with Turbinlite Havocs. In May 1942 he went to 1451 Flight at Hunsdon on the same duties, locating enemy aircraft by radar in the Havoc, for accompanying fighters to attack and destroy. The scheme was not a success and was eventually abandoned. He was commissioned in May 1942 from Warrant Officer and moved to 60 Operational Training Unit in October 1942 as a Navigation and Radar Instructor, a job he hated! But in May 1943 he was back flying, being posted to 488 (New Zealand) Squadron at Ayr, now flying the De Havilland Mosquito, as Navigator to the newly-
At the end of his tour in March 1944 Clark went to North Weald Sector Operations, where he trained as a Controller. Whilst there he was given leave to visit 488, then at Colerne. He went to dispersal to see Robinson, now a Flying Officer. His navigator was unfit to fly and Clark offered to take his place. On this sortie, a beach-
Clark was released from the RAF in November 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.
THE BRISTOL BLENHEIM
The Blenheim was first developed by Bristol in 1934-