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41 OTU Tomahawk IIb AK159 P/O. (Bill) Alfred Graham Clark

Operation: Training

Date: 27 June 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 41 Operational Training Unit. 70 Group

Type: Tomahawk IIb

Serial: AK159

Code: -

Base: RAF Old Sarum

Location: At satellite airfield Oatlands Hill

Pilot: P/O. (Bill) Alfred Graham Clark NZ/414251 RNZAF Age 32. Killed


Whilst waiting to take off and stationary a pilot from the same unit on his first solo swung during take at 13:40 hrs and collided with AK159.

The pilot of the Mustang Is AG390 was slightly injured, a rigger was seriously hurt and sadly the New Zealand pilot was killed.

Burial details:

P/O. Alfred Graham Clark. Salisbury Cemetery (London Road). Sec. M. Grave 204. Born on the 17th of April 1910 in Wellington. Educated at Wellington College and Victoria University. A clerk for the Agricultural Department in Ruakura. Served 30 months in the territorial army. Enlisted as a pilot under training at Levin on the 27th of July 1941. With 2 Elementary Flying Training School 06th September 1941. With 3 Flying Training School 17th October 1941. The pilot badge was awarded on the 29th of November 1941 and commissioned 10th of January 1942.

Embarked for England on the 09th February 1942. With 3 Personnel Reception Centre 27th March 1942. 9 Pilots Advanced Flying Unit 20th April 1942. Joined 41 Operational Training Unit 09th June 1942. A total of 233 flying hours logged. Son of Alfred Clark and of Annie Augusta Clark (nee Sidey - died 30th April 1955) and husband of Jean Edna Clark (nee Nairn), of Makino, Wellington, New Zealand.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, other sources as quoted below:

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