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Tribute to Terry Clark DFM

The RAF Benevolent Fund is saddened to hear Battle of Britain veteran Terry Clark DFM passed away yesterday. Terry was one of two remaining air crew, The Few, who took to the skies in the summer of 1940 to defend Great Britain against Nazi invaders. Terry served as a radar operator on Beaufighters during the Second World War and had celebrated his 101st birthday earlier this year.

RAF Benevolent Fund Controller Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot said: "Our condolences go to Terry's family and friends at this sad time. This news is especially poignant as we remember the bravery and sacrifice of all those who fought for us today, the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Sergeant Terry Clark 219 Sqn August 1940Sergeant Terry Clark DFM, 219 Sqn, August 1940 | Photo by Steve Darlow

"Terry belonged to a generation of servicemen and women who answered their country's call without question. We owe a debt of gratitude to every one of them and their legacy must be to remember their service.

John 'Paddy' Hemingway is now the last surviving member of The Few and in September we will mark the 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle.

"The RAF Benevolent Fund will be paying tribute to those pilots and air crew who 'gave so much to so many'. We honour their memory by supporting the Second World War and National Service veterans who need our help, before it is too late."

Terry Clark's full story can be read in Steve Darlow's book Five of The Few.

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