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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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29 Squadron Crest
20/21.06.1943 No. 29 Squadron Mosquito XII HK169 Fl/Sgt. Clarke

Operation: Patrol

Date: 20/21st June 1943

Unit: No. 29 Squadron

Type: Mosquito XII

Serial: HK169

Code: ?

Base: RAF Bradwell Bay

Location: North Sea, off Brightlingsea, Essex

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. John Charles Everett Clarke 1312764 RAFVR Age 19. Killed

Navigator: P/O. James Harvie Petrie 144202 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On an evening patrol from Bradwell Bay - crashed into the sea of Brightlingsea at 01:40 hrs.

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Pilot, Fl/Sgt. John Charles Everett Clarke (courtesy Timothy Driver)

Above and below - memorial at Bradwell Bay Airfield

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. John Charles Everett Clarke. Brookwood Military Cemetery. 25.C.1. Son of Maj. Joseph Clarke, Royal Engineers, and Lucy Ann Clarke, of Bow, London, England. Grave inscription: 'To The Memory Of A Rose One Of England's Fairest Flowers: A Loving Son And Brother'.

P/O. James Harvie Petrie. Dundee Crematorium. Son of James Mudie Petrie and Elizabeth Petrie, of Dundee, Scotland.

Researched for Timothy Driver - 2nd cousin to Fl/Sgt. Clarke and to all the relatives of this crew. With thanks to Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Acknowledgements
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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