Thame Remembers Pilot Officer John Anthony Creemer Clarke
John Anthony Creemer Clarke was born in Amesbury, Wiltshire in early 1922. He was the son of John Creemer Clarke and Meta Lyons Clarke of Thame, Oxfordshire.
John joined the Royal Air Force as a navigator and was serving on Lancasters of 35 Sqn “pathfinders” at RAF Graveley in Cambridgshire. At 17:56 on 19th October 1944 he departed on his final mission when he was the navigator of Avro Lancaster ND755 on a bombing mission to Stuttgart.
His plane was shot down north west of Wintzenbach, France by an enemy aircraft at around 22:00 hrs. All eight crew members died in the crash. Three of the crew, including John, were recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
177263 Pilot Officer John Anthony Creemer Clarke, DFC, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 35 Squadron was killed in action on 20th October 1944, age 23.
John Anthony Creemer Clarke is buried in Wintzenbach Protestant Churchyard, Bas-Rhin, France. In Thame he is remembered on Thame war memorial, St Mary’s church war memorial board and on Lord Williams’s School memorial board.