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From Hitlers U-Boats to Kruschevs Spyflights

From Hitlers U-Boats to Kruschevs Spyflights

Twenty Five Years with Flight Lieutenant Thomas Buchanan Clark, RAF

by Chris Clark
Publication Date: 01/07/2013
RRP  $75.00 $59.25
This book is about the Royal Air Force Career of Tom Clark, who joined the RAF as an Aircraft man just before WW2 in June 1939. After "Dunkirk" he trained as an Air Gunner and during that October Sergeant Clark joined a Flying Boat Squadron Sullom Voe, Shetland; on an Anti-Boat and Convoy Protection role. He was involved during May 1941 in the hunt for "Bismarck" and although injured was lucky to survive a fatal crash that August when five of his twelve man crew perished. Flight Sergeant Clark went on to join an Air Sea Rescue Squadron stationed in West Norfolk during 1942, and in 1943, after training as a Gunnery Leader, he became a Gunnery Instructor stationed at Gianaclis, Egypt, training Air Gunners for the Desert Air Force; during this time he was promoted to Flying Officer. Post War, Flight Lieutenant Clark trained as a Signals Leader and flew within various transport Command roles, including flying Dakota long-haul to India to collect POW's, the Berlin Airlift, two stints on "The King's Flight" and one with Far East Transport Wing VIP Flight; he also gained a Permanent Commission. He was involved during 1956 in an Intelligence role during the 1956 Soviet Leaders Bulganin and Khrushchev visit to RAF Marham, shortly after the Commander "Buster" Crabb affair, to stop Tupolev the Russian Aircraft Designer stealing technical information on Britain's "V" Bomber Squadron capabilities for cloning purposes, as at that time the Russians did not have an aircraft capable of carrying an atomic bomb. From 1958 until 1963 he was at the Central School of Electronics at RAF Watton in Norfolk and flew as a "Front End Signaller" on the Comet and Lincoln both of which were involved in a secret GCHQ ECM and RCM role, during the time of the United States CIA U-2 Spyflight programme. In short, this is a man whose illustrious and varied career deserves to be recorded, and indeed celebrated. There is perhaps no-one better placed than his son to act as custodian to his story, relayed here in engaging style, and sure to appeal to a wide cross-section of enthusiasts. ILLUSTRATIONS: 125 photographs and 88 images
Air forces & warfare
Publication Date:
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Chris Clark

Chris Clark graduated from the Royal Military College 1972 and served in the Australian Army Intelligence Corps until 1979. Following this he worked in the Departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, and Prime Minister and Cabinet.

After writing commissioned histories for six years, during which time he completed a PhD at the Australian Defence Force Academy, he worked at the Australian National University and the Australian War Memorial.

From 2004, until he retired nine years later, he was RAAF Historian and Head of the Office of Air Force History. He has written extensively on aspects of Australian defence over many years in a variety of publications as sole author, contributor and editor.

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