Name:Rank:Service No: Service: Date of Birth:Place of Birth:Date of Enlistment:Place of Enlistment:Age at Enlistment: Trade:Marital Status:Religion:Next of Kin:Date of Death: Age at Death:Cemetery: Reference:
Donald Wallace ClarkePilot OfficerJ/86873 218 RAF Squadron, Royal Canadian Air ForceNovember 17, 1919Bear River, NSAugust 16, 1941Montreal, Quebec21EngineerSingleChurch of EnglandAtlee Bernard Clarke, Montreal, QuebecSeptember 12, 194424Rheinberg War CemeteryColl. grave 19. B. 4-10.Commemorated on page 274 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 13Pilot Officer Clarke was the son of Atlee Bernard Clarke and Grace Edna (Moore) Clarke. The family lived in Nova Scotia until Donald was four years of age and then moved to Quebec. Donald completed two years of innerspring at Acadia University between 1937 and 1939. He trained in Canada until March 1943 and went overseas. On November 25, 1943 he joined RAF Squadron 218. On the night of September 12, 1944 Pilot Officer Clarke and seven other of the crew of Lancaster PD262 failed to return to base after air operations over Frankfurt, Germany. It was later determined that the aircraft had collided with another British aircraft near Gundersheim, Germany. All fifteen members of the two crews were killed. Following the end of World War II, the bodies were reburied in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.