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2nd Lt Anthony Fielding Clarke 100 sqn RFC

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Errol Martyn

"officers did not have numbers"

True of those in the RNAS and RFC, but they were alloted (PI - Personal Index) numbers when seniority lists were merged in advance of the formation of the RAF in April 1918.

Errol

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RFC/QWR grand-daughter

Thank you all, chaps. It's going to be a very hot day, so I'm proffering some virtual refreshment as a token of my appreciation.

CAKES AND ALE!

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fetubi

There is a superb example of an all-black FE2b night bomber at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London. It was completed and installed there only a couple of years back, and if you can possibly get there to stand beside it you'll be richly rewarded!

There is also a Cross and Cockade International Monograph on the FE2b, with a long chapter on its night bombing role, which I'd recommend as well:

http://www.crossandcockade.com/blog.asp?Display=18

Regards,

Trevor

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RFC/QWR grand-daughter

Thanks for that, my brother-in-law lives close by so a visit will be in order.

...and referring back to an earlier post, I've bought The Annals of 100 Squadron from abebooks via this forum's link. Really looking forward to its arrival.

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Flyvulcan

My Great Uncle, Alexander Wald (pilot) was at 100SQN at the same time as your Grandfather. I have 2 original copies of The Annals of 100SQN and it makes interesting reading.

To put a few faces to names that you may read about in Annals and who worked with your Grandfather, I have attached a photo that my GU took of 3 observers and an admin person by the looks of him who are checking out a bomb crater in the airfield in December 1917. The names of the airmen in the photo are (from L to R) McNaughton, Allen, Hilton (my GU flew with him a bit) and Edwardes.

I have other photos but cannot discern your Grandfather in any of them.

Enjoy the research, it's fascinating when it is so personal.

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Flyvulcan

I've decided to add a short extract from my GU's diary to give you an idea about what they used to get up to. Remember, this was done at night with very few instruments available to them. From February 1918:

8thMonday Bombed Treves from 4-500 feet, afterwards flew over river through Treves at 1-200 feet, Duncan firing at transport on roads etc. (Duncan was a regular observer for my GU)

Now my GU did pick up the reputation for being a low flier (and according to a 1933 newspaper article about 100SQN picked up the nickname "chimneystacks") and his diary and Annals both list his low flying bombing technique, but this practise was probably common amongst the aircrew.

You have to respect them!

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RFC/QWR grand-daughter

Thanks for that info. It's astonishing really to think what they were doing at the beginning of aviation....and still teenagers, most of them.

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RFC/QWR grand-daughter

Swart is sporting the swollen face he described in "Annals of 100 Squadron" as "like a pudding". Apparently, he was attempting to strangle a German without realising another German was behind him. The second German punched him repeatedly in the face,

My copy of 'Annals of 100 Squadron' arrived from abebooks just before I went a way for a long weekend. A mine of information, but I haven't had a chance to really give it the attention it deserves. I did notice that Swart is referred to as Stewart in one flight log, which is confusing.

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sketcher

Dear Granddaughter. Your grandfather and I were great friends when we taught together from 1966 until his death in the mid 1970s. I was a mere 29 in 66 and am now 75, but I have many happy memories of AFC as he was known. He was a lovely man with a great sense of humour. I have something of his which I think you should have - a book which was sent to him while he was in the POW camp at Holzminden, and which has a paper inside which he had to sign on receipt. It came from the Prisoners Of War Book Scheme in London.

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Guest Dionysos

Hi

I presume your grandfather was the affectionately known AFC who taught at Mostyn House school on the Wirral? If so, he taught me my very first lesson there in 1959, an art class where he showed us how to lino cut. I've never forgotten the experience nor have I forgotten how to write his signature! :-) In fact it was doodling it yesterday that prompted me to look him up on Google - and here we are. Amazing really. I still remember clearly as an elderly, charming, urbane very gentleman and there he is as a young derring-do pilot/observer - with fondest memories

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greg100

Hi all,

 

I know this thread has been long dormant, but I've been doing a bit of research on Swart and Fielding Clarke for my forthcoming book on the history of 100 Squadron.  There's a few interesting snippets in the book "Kitchener's Lost Boys" by John Oakes regarding Anthony: -

 

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=DVA7AwAAQBAJ&pg=PA158&lpg=PA158&dq=fielding+clarke+reading&source=bl&ots=kOnQ0t3yuy&sig=lyOvaMpIMbsvqecoOq9zBcy1Wxs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjl9M2Jp8LSAhVDD8AKHXvmAFoQ6AEIKjAD#v=onepage&q=fielding clarke reading&f=false

 

It may be of interest to the OP.

 

All the best,

 

Greg

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mikedin
I got an old photo album from World War I. It shows two English pilots.
A friend said these are Fielding-Clarke was an observer and Swart was a pilot. Can this be ?

Mike from Germany

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hmsk212

Hi Mike,

 

Yes !  See the links on post number 10

 

Steve

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hmsk212

From Anthony Fielding-Clarke's  photograph album :-

 

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Steve

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hmsk212

His Father

 

Captain Fielding Clarke RAMC TF  :-

 

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Steve

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hmsk212

Anthony Fielding-Clarke :-

 

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Steve

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hmsk212

His  POW  "Good Behaviour " Pass for Holzminden

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Steve

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hmsk212
On ‎24‎/‎07‎/‎2012 at 13:58, Dolphin said:

2Lt A Fielding-Clarke was the observer in FE2b B439 [a Presentation machine: Malaya No 17] of No 100 Sqn RFC, flown by 2Lt O B Swart, on a night bombing raid on Courcelles on 9 February 1918, when the aeroplane was brought down in enemy territory by engine failure and both airmen were captured. The FE left Ochey aerodrome at 17:51 and had accumulated 20 hours flying time.

I hope this is useful.

Gareth

 

Here is a copy of his somewhat short " Repatriation Report " into the circumstances of his Capture.

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Steve

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