Sale WW2 

Albert Morris Clarke

Rank:SergeantNumber:1026143
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:142 Sqn RAFVR
Name of Rgt or Ship:Bomber Command
Died:16/09/1942Age:21
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:GermanyGrave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Reichswald Forest Cemetery
Town Memorial:Sale
Extra Information:
Born during the December quarter 1920 in the Bucklow R.D. - ref: 8a/321,
the son of Joseph & Eliza Clarke (nee Fotherby).   Grandson of Mr. Mrs.
Joseph Clarke 172 Northenden Rd, Sale Moor, now residing at Irby on the
Wirral.    His uncle - Albert Morris Clarke was killed during WW1.

A prefect at Altrincham Grammar School.    Employed as a Reporter in the
Manchester Office of a National Newspaper.

13/02/42 edition of local newspaper reports that Sgt Clarke had won a
bombing and gunnery award with his 'wing' at Picton, Canada.   He had only
been in the RAF one month, when he was sent to Canada for training and had
been stationed there for six months.

Flying with 142 Sqn. he took off from RAF Grimsby at 20.22 hrs in a
Wellington Mk 4 - No. Z1480 - QT-I, for an operation to Essen, Germany.    
The a/c crashed near Düsseldorf and the crew of five were all killed and
were buried in the City's Nordfriedhof.    Reburied at the end of
hostilities.      The other crew members were - P/Off A.H.G. Sandon
(pilot);  Sgt J.W.A. Bennett; Sgt F.W. Darley & Sgt G.C. Thomas R.A.A.F.
Air/27 - the a/c was carrying 810 x 4 lb incendiary bombs.  They were also
carrying a camera.  Of the 7 a/c that took off for this mission, only 4
managed to attack the target, the other 3 failed to return.

Air/27 Previous missions.
15/09/1942 - One of 7 a/c ordered to undertaking a "Gardening" (Minelaying)
duty, they took off at 19.32 hrs in a/c Z1220 (G) with a bomb load of 2 x
1,500 lb Veg (nick-name for sea mines - as they were "Gardening"). No
camera carried - good trip - no cloud - hazy below at final pin-point. 
Parachutes seen in alloted area - excellant navigation - very bad
thunderstorm on way home - down at 01.30 hrs.  Of the 7 a/c, only 3 managed
to lay their mines, the others returned with theirs as they were unable to
pin-point.

His death was reported in the 15/01/1943 edition of the Sale & Stretford
Guardian.

Memorials found on:
St. Martin's (Ashton on Mersey)
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