29/vi/44 – Terry Clark DFM

29th June 14:15
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
First as target for F/O Robinson (Taking F/O Clark DFM to North Weald) – formatted on by a Firebrand. Then head-on practice, NFT & Cine on a Fortress. Finally more cine on clusters. Slightly left-wing low.

PATROL – GCI 15082 (Yardley)
Very dull E&W patrol at 8,000ft 10 miles off beaches. Good weather, apart from lumps of cu-nimb. Chased by a friendly fighter, otherwise no joy at all. Cloud right down at base, so landed at Hurn.

Terry Clark remains something of a legend. As one of the remaining “Few” who flew in the Battle of Britain, he is still regularly referred to in the press.

During the Battle of Britain, he flew in 219 squadron, pairing up with Dudley Hobbis in what was to become a long partnership and deep friendship. Both men were posted out of 219 Squadron into separate training roles, but were were reunited at 488(NZ) Squadron during the Squadron’s time in Ayr. Sadly,  you will remember that Hobbis was killed on 25/xi/43 with Oliver Hills when their Port engine caught fire during a Patrol.

Terry Clark was paired up with Douglas Robinson, and they claimed their first victory together in December 1943. The loss of Hobbis deeply affected Clark. Despite Robinson’s best efforts to help him through his loss, Clark was eventually requested a break from flying, and was transferred to North Weald as a U/T Controller in March 1944. He did make several visits back to the Squadron, as must have been the case today, with Robinson taking him back to his base.

The image below is a crop from the Squadron photo of February 1944, and shows Clark (Top Left) standing next to Broody. On the bottom row is Robinson (left) and Broody’s pilot, Jack Scott.

Terry Clark, Broody, Douglas Robinson & Jack Scott (From the Squadron photo, February 1944)

Terry Clark, Broody, Douglas Robinson & Jack Scott
(From the Squadron photo, February 1944)

During my research, I came across this video from the Rare Tea Company, which features Terry Clark reminiscing about his time with night fighters – A wonderful find, I think.


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