Battle of Britain London Monument – F/O H D Clark

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Hugh Desmond Clark was born on 30th March 1919 and attended Wellington College from 1933 to 1936. He entered the RAF College Cranwell as a Flight Cadet in January 1937 and later became a Kings Cadet.

On graduation he was granted a permanent commission in December 1938.

Clark joined 213 Squadron at Wittering in early 1939. He was detached to the School of Air Navigation at Manston on 11th March 1939 for a short navigation course.

He was posted from 213 to 85 Squadron in France on 13th May 1940. Clark was shot down and wounded in Hurricane P2824 over Seclin on the 16th. After recovery from his wounds he rejoined 213 Squadron, then at Exeter, on 19th August.

Clark was wounded in combat over Portland on 26th August and he did not fly again until 1st November 1940, when he made a local flight.

His subsequent service is currently undocumented but it is known that he remained in the RAF postwar, retiring on 1st October 1960 as a Wing Commander.

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