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Donald R Clark


Don Clark, retired (age 93 as of 20 February 2016), was an original member of the 362nd Fighter Group, 377th Fighter Squadron (the Maulers).

He flew P-47 Thunderbolts, serving in Great Britain, France and Germany during the liberation. Don's was known as "Alaskan Kid" because he had spent much of his childhood growing up in, or near, Homer, Alaska.

Don continued to fly after the war. He was a B-17 stunt flyer in a well-known scene in the 1970 WWII film "Tora! Tora! Tora!". He piloted the plane that crash-lands on one wheel.


Units served with

  • 362nd Fighter Group

    362nd Fighter Group

    The Group trained in P-47s and moved to England in November 1943. Arriving earlier than many other Ninth Air Force fighter groups, the pilots main occupation was escort work for heavy bombers. The Group's first mission on 8 February 1944 was one...

  • 377th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Headcorn

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), work on the airfield began in early 1943. It was improved and made ready for USAAF use by adding more aircraft standings and temporary buildings. Accommodation was provided in the form of tents and...

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

  • Lignerolles

    Military site : airfield

  • Rennes

    Military site : airfield

  • Prosnes

    Military site : airfield

  • Verdun

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born 1923
Lived in Homer, AK, USA 1930

Exact dates not yet known

Lives in Washington, USA 2017


Date Contributor Update
08 February 2017 16:48:35 Lucy May Changes to biography and events

From Lieutenant Colonel Donald R Clark's caregiver, Lisa:
An interesting note-- Don was featured as a B-17 stunt flyer in a well-known scene in the 1970 WW2 film "Tora, Tora, Tora". He piloted the plane that crash lands on one wheel.

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2016 17:16:21 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Correspondence with Lieutenant Colonel Donald R Clark's caregiver, Lisa.