Eugene Louis Clark

Military
Lieutenant Colonel Eugene "Pop" Clark of the 352nd Fighter Group in the cockpit of his P-51 Mustang (PE-Z, serial number 42-106459) nicknamed " La Riena Peg " Bodney, April 1944. Written on slide casing: '4/44 Bodney, Lt Col E Clark. PE-Z, 42106459 La Riena Peg.'

Object Number - FRE 6036 - Lieutenant Colonel Eugene "Pop" Clark of the 352nd Fighter Group in the cockpit of his P-51 Mustang (PE-Z, serial number 42-106459) nicknamed " La...

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

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group Headquarters (352nd Fighter Group)
  • Aircraft Type: P-51 Mustang
  • Nicknames: La Riena Peg
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group 328th Fighter Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Nicknames: Panama Papacito
  • Unit: 352nd Fighter Group 328th Fighter Squadron

Places

Aerial photograph of Bodney airfield, looking south east, the barrack sites are in the top centre of the image, 8 June 1945. Photograph taken by No. 542 Squadron, sortie number RAF/106G/UK/369. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Royal Air Force Bodney
  • Site type: Prisoner of war camp
  • Known as: Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Clairton, Pennsylvania 1911-05-11

Buried

Interred Arlington National Cemetery

Died

1987-01-26

Other

Prisoner of War (POW)

Zagan, Poland 1944-05-21 Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft III.

Other

Shot down

Hastrup, 49593 Bersenbrück, Germany 1944-05-21 Crashed at Hastrup in P-51 42-103316 and was taken as a Prisoner of War (POW).

Based

Bodney 1944-05-21 Assigned to HQ Sqn, 352FG, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date17 Jan 2018 11:05:26
ContributorAl_Skiff
Sources

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

Date25 Nov 2015 12:28:04
ContributorLucy May
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.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:25
ContributorAAM
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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