1247451 Sergeant Jack Leslie CLARK, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.
As flight engineer, Sergeant Clark has participated in numerous sorties and has displayed great skill and devotion to duty. On 1 occasion, during an operation against a target in the Ruhr area, his courage and coolness in circumstances of great peril set an example in keeping with the best tradition of the Royal Air Force.
Full Commendation from Tavender's DFM Register.
L.G. 24/9/1943. Sorties 13, Flying hours 81. Flight Engineer. Air2/5002.
The following is an extract from a letter written by Sqn. Ldr. A.G. Lang, DFC, mow a prisoner of war in Germany:-
"I am all right. I have been in hospital with a broken ankle, but that is practically perfect and I am otherwise unscratched. Nobby Clark is here but I am not hopeful about the others. We received two direct hits from flak over the target and the machine dived out of control. Nobby and I were thrown clear near the ground somehow and found ourselves alive, much to our surprise and delight. Tell the C.O. that Nobby Clark saved my life. The crate was diving out of control straight for the ground. I could not get my 'chute on and Nobby , before even picking his up, calmly put it on for me. I have never seen anything braver."
On the night of the 4th/5th May, 1943, Sergeant Clark was Flight Engineer in an aircraft Captained by Sqn. Ldr. Lang, detailed to attack Dortmund, from which this aircraft failed to return.
The Captain and Flight Engineer were subsequently reported prisoners of war. In support of the statement made above by his captain, the following recommendation is made.
During the time Flight Sergeant Clark was on the strengthof this unit, he completed 13 operational sorties, 11 of which were Pathfinder Force marker duties. His Captain at all times placed the utmost reliance in this N.C.O.'s capabilities and often commented upon his work.
His Flight Commander considers that Sergeant Clark was the most outstanding Flight Engineer at that time on the SQUADRON. It is considered that this N.C.O. displayed unequalled calmness and courage in the face of death and is strongly recommended for the immediate award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal. (Flying).
27th August, 1943.
Remarks by Station Commander.
I concur but feel that an immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal would be more appropriate.