A WWII Canadian Memorial Cross Group to 402nd Squadron
A WWII Canadian Memorial Cross Group to 402nd Squadron - 1939-45 Star; Defence Medal; Canadian Voluntary Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; 1939-45 War Medal; and Memorial Cross, George VI (SGT. G.E. CLARKE 10118). Naming is officially engraved on the MC and is suspended from a gold coloured bar with a silver and blue enamelled RCAF wings attached, while the medals are unnamed. Original ribbons, mounted a suspension with swing bar pinback, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Papers, Service Records, Province of Ontario Certificate of Registration of Death, along with a newspaper obituary (dated March 17, 1943). Footnote: George Edward Clarke was born on November 8, 1919 in Peterborough, Ontario, the son of Edward Sampson Clarke and Lillian E. Clarke of Toronto, Ontario. He had held down two jobs in his civilian life: a Delivery Boy for one year and a Collector for six months, before signing his RCAF Non-Permanent Active Air Force Attestation Paper on November 22, 1937 in Weston, Ontario, signing on for three years' service, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Single and that his trade was that of Student. He was placed with No. 110 City of Toronto, Army Cooperation Squadron. The City of Toronto Squadron was originally No. 10 Army Cooperation Squadron, formed in October 1932, and was the RCAF's first auxiliary squadron. It acquired its Toronto affiliation in 1935 and a new numerical designation, "110", about two years later. Clarke attended the Annual Training Camp for fourteen days in 1938 and was discharged on April 19, 1939, so that he could re-enlist with the RCAF as a permanent airman and eventual overseas service. He re-attested with the RCAF, signing his Permanent Active Air Force Attestation Paper on April 21. 1939 in Toronto, signing on for five years' service, stating that he had served with No. 110 (AC) Squadron in Toronto from November 22, 1937 to April 19, 1939 (a total of one year and 149 days), that he was Single and that his trade was that of Aircraft Mechanic. He saw a number or rank advancements over the next three years, including Aircraftman 2nd Class (April 21, 1939), Aircraftman 1st Class (October 21, 1939), Leading Aircraftman (February 29, 1940), Corporal (April 15, 1941) and Sergeant (July 1, 1942). By September 1939, he was with No. 2 (AC) Squadron at Saint John, New Brunswick, then taken on strength by No. 10 (AC) Squadron at Ottawa in February 1940, soon finding himself on overseas service later that month. In England, he was taken on strength by No. 2 Canadian Squadron on January 1, 1941 (later re-designated as 402 Squadron), then struck off strength to 404 Squadron on November 28, 1941, and served at a number of bases in England. Clarke was a Sergeant (Flight Engineer) with No. 1659 Heavy Conversion Unit, RCAF Station Leeming, Yorkshire, when he was killed on March 10, 1943, his Halifax aircraft crashing at the southeast corner of the aerodrome. He died at the age of 23 and is buried at Ripon Cemetery, Yorkshire, England, Section H, Grave 367. He is listed on his Province of Ontario Certificate of Registration of Death as an Air Frame Mechanic, his death attributed to having been "Killed in (a) flying accident".