Raymond Clark

 Tribute page:  WW2 SAAF fighter pilot Raymond Clark


 Hi and welcome to this site!


I met up with Kym Balcomb (grand daughter) and Pete Clark (son) via the internet. They kindly sent me scans of Raymond's war photographs and flying log book. Thanks to Kym and Pete for the effort to do the scanning and sending me these documents.
 




1944/1945 


Raymond Evans Clark joined the Air Force in mid 1942. After nearly a year of ground training he was sent to the elementary flying school at Potchefstroom and finished his advanced service flying training in Bloemfontein to qualify as a pilot in late 1943. 

In April 1944 Raymond was  seconded to RAF 1435  squadron situated in Italy. From there Raymond's flight moved to several places around the Mediterranean including Sicily, Malta and Yugoslavia.

Raymond flew operations mainly with Spitfires of types XIII and IX. Sorties included armed recce's, dive bombing, ground strafing, offensive sweeps, escorts and patrols. Raymond flew a total of 85 operational sorties totalling 119 ops hours.

Raymond was demobilized from the Air Force after the war in 1945 and thereafter had a long and successful career as an electrical engineer.

 

 This is a living web site. Any input and/or participation will be much appreciated regarding additional information, correctness, information from relatives of members who served with Raymond in his  squadron, photographs, stories etc. Please e-mail me. 

If you perhaps have a family member who served as a SAAF fighter pilot during WW2 and you would want to find out more about his war service please contact me, hopefully I can be of some help.

Tinus le Roux

February 2016 

2004 ? 


 

 Raymond second from left  in front of a Spitfire while at 1435 squadron.


 

 

 

 

 

Reunion of Spitfire pilots. South Africa 2004. 


 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW RAYMOND'S LOG BOOK

CLICK HERE TO VIEW RAYMOND'S WAR PHOTOGRAPHS


 Raymond with a Tiger Moth during Elementary Flying Training.

 

Raymond with fellow pilot 

 

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