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Eugene Louis Clark

Military

Lieutenant Colonel 'Pop' Clark served as a pilot with the 352nd Fighter Group.

On 21 May 1944 he was shot down. It was his 94th mission.
He crashed at Hastrup in P-51 42-103316 and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW). He was liberated in April 1945.

After the war he continued to serve in the Air Force. He completed 2 tours of duty in the Panama Canal zone. He led a group pilots flying over water in F-80 plane from Howard AFB to the Carribean. He served as inspector for the 4th AF in Japan. He retired from the US Air Force as a full colonel.

He continued to fly up to the age of 74.

DFC, PH, SS, AM 3Oak Leaf Cluster, EAME, Victory

4.5 victories

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • Headquarters (352nd Fighter Group)

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Clairton, Pennsylvania 11 May 1911
Based Bodney 1944 – 21 May 1944

Assigned to HQ Sqn, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 21 May 1944 – April 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Shot down Hastrup, 49593 Bersenbrück, Germany 21 May 1944

Crashed at Hastrup in P-51 42-103316 and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

Died 26 January 1987
Buried February 1987

Interred
Arlington National Cemetery

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 January 2018 11:05:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/121870884/eugene-louis-clark
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
MACR 4988

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 12:28:04 Lucy May Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Brought in information from a duplicate record. Source:
MACR 4988 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Added nickname and place of burial after correspondence with his daughter, Colleen.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / widow MACR 4988

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