This book tells the tale of the illustrious Royal Air Force career of Tom Clark, a World War Two gunner and post-war signaller in action during some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century. Lovingly penned by his son, it provides an authentic insight into this dynamic period of world history.
From work as an air gunner, involved in the daunting task of taking on the might of Hitler’s U-boat fleet, to post-war involvement in an Intelligence capacity during the dramatic events surrounding Khrushchev and the atomic threat of the late 1950s, Clark’s career was dramatic and varied to say the lest.
Having joined the RAF as an aircraft man just before the Second World War, Clark was destined to take part in a whole range of wartime operational engagements. His career featured involvement in the famous 1941 hunt for the elusive Bismarck, the dangers of life as part of an Air Sea Rescue squadron in conflicted waters, and the experience of training as a gunnery leader (later an instructor), training air gunners for the famed Desert Air Force. His career also took in a fraught period behind enemy lines, when his crew of four were shot down in enemy territory in Northern Italy. Seven weeks in a safe house in Florence are relayed in engaging and dramatic style, as are a raft of other personal and professional achievements, set within the context of the wider conflict.
Here is a career that deserves to be recorded and celebrated, and there is perhaps no-one better placed than the subject’s son to act as custodian to his thrilling story.
FROM HITLER’S U-BOATS TO KHRUSHCHEV’S SPYFLIGHTS Twenty-five Years with Flight Lieutenant Thomas Buchanan Clark RAF
Tom Clark was an RAF gunner in the Second World War who stayed in the Air Force to witness the Cold War. Lovingly penned by Clark’s son, this biography includes air sea rescue in the Atlantic, the author’s experiences after being shot down over occupied Italy, and the threat of nuclear war in the 1950s.