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Albert Patton Clark

Military

Shot down doing a sweep over France with the 412 Squadron (Royal Canadian Air Force) 26 July 1942 while assigned to 31st Fighter Group as a Lieutenant Colonel, flying Spitfire Mk Vb, BL964. Prisoner of War (POW). Was executive officer of the 31st FG in early days of training with the 52nd FG. He was the first combat casualty in the European theater for the U S Fighter Forces. First 8th AF pilot to become a Prisoner of War (POW). After the war he stayed in the service and at one time was commander of the U. S, Air Force Academy.

Service

Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    Group
    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

Aircraft

  • BL964

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BL964 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...

Missions

  • RAF Fighter Sweep

    26 July 1942
    6 Spitfire VB aircraft from 31FG join with 412 (Falcon) Squadron RCAF flying from Merston on a fighter sweep over Abbeville and St. Omer, France. Lt Col Albert P. Clark, O-020218, 31FG Executive Officer flying EN784 is shot down and captured becoming...

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Schofield Barracks, HI 96857, USA 27 August 1913

Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii

West Point Graduate U S Military Academy Library, 758 Cullum Road, West Point, NY 10996, USA June 1936

United States Military Academy graduate

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 26 July 1942 – 12 May 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control 12-May-45. Instrumental in the planning of the famous "Great Escape". Officially Returned to Military Control 12-May-45. First fighter pilot POW in 8th Air Force.

Shot Down Parking Cap Gris-Nez, 62179 Audinghen, France 26 July 1942

Shot down by JG26 Fw190's doing a sweep over France with the 412 Squadron (Royal Canadian Air Force) 26 July 1942 while assigned to 31st Fighter Group as a Lieutenant Colonel, flying Spitfire Mk Vb, BL964.

Died Colorado Springs, CO, USA 8 March 2010

Colorado Springs Colorado.

Buried United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80841, USA

Buried in the USAF Academy Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 19:54:31 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
19 September 2015 18:50:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname and biography
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Spitfire Production List.

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 20:43:56 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, place associations and mission associations
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Lee Cunningham 12-Nov-2014. POW event clarification.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 17:52:27 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. POW details.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 17:47:09 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. Difficulty with program accepting POW data.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 17:44:37 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. edit POW description.

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 17:42:28 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
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Lee Cunningham 4-Nov-2014. POW event description

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 16:55:16 Lee8thbuff Changes to awards and events
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Lee Cunningham 1-Nov-2014. Addition of decorations and life events . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_P._Clark#Biography

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 18:12:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to highest rank
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Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014.

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2014 18:07:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, highest rank and biography
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Lee Cunningham 20-Oct-2014, Correction made to Summary Biography, date of action, unit assignment, aircraft type. Information verified from two sources, "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey and "Mighty Eighth War Diary" Roger A. Freeman. Service Number and rank at time of incident from National Archives Records Administration (NARA) POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:10 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losees of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 21

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