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Date Posted: 14:04:55 09/02/15 Wed
Author: Shelley (Gaines)
Subject: Harold W. Clark

Harold W. Clark, T-Sgt., 1ccs, 3rd ccg.

My Uncle Harold W. Clark was a T-Sgt. crew chief for the 1st combat cargo squadron, 3rd combat cargo group.

There was a plane crash/explosion and my Uncle went back and tried to save the pilot, but there were no other survivors. From what I know, he was behind enemy lines and the British troops saved him. He was left with severe injuries & burns.

I would like to confirm this event & exact details. Can someone help me, or tell me where to turn for more information? It must have been around 1945-ish. He received a medal for this.

Also, there was another incident that is hard to believe, but I have heard from two family members that the plane he was in just dropped off supplies behind enemy lines and as they were leaving, one of the parachutes got caught and slowed down the plane which may have caused it to crash. Rather than lose the entire squadron, my uncle volunteered himself, they tied a rope around him and he climbed out to the wing of the plane while in flight and cut the parachute and saved the entire squadron. It was either one man, or all the men. He was so brave. I would like to confirm these details as well.

He also recieved an air medal for flying 25 missions over enemy territory, but we are unable to locate his medal.

Thank you kindly,
Shelley Clark-Gaines
niece to Harold W. Clark
sgbusymom@yahoo.com
shelleygaines760@gmail.com*** use this one

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