Robert Douglas CLARKE

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CLARKE, Robert Douglas

Service Number: 1831
Enlisted: 1 May 1935
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: No. 31 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Coolgardie, Western Australia, 14 June 1913
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, South Timor, 17 November 1942, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

1 May 1935: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 31 Squadron (RAAF)
3 Sep 1939: Involvement Warrant Officer, SN 1831

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of William George and Elizabeth Annie Clarke

Husband of Ivy Annie Clarke of Maylands, Western Australia

 

(Pilot) Wing Commander Douglas Carson Riding 177 & (Navigator / Observer) Warrant Officer Robert Douglas Clarke 1831 AFM (Air Force Medal) were killed in the loss of RAAF Beaufighter aircraft A19-46 of Number 31 Squadron at sea off Cape Batoe Poetih, Timor Island

The wing-tip of their Beaufighter struck the water and crashed whilst trying to evade a Japanese aircraft.

Warrant Officer Clarke was awarded the Air Force Medal (AFM) for "devotion to duty in Darwin" during which time the squadron was flying strike missions against Japanese targets in Timor and the islands north of Darwin.

 

Both men are commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing located at Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT

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