Fred Clarke and the RCAF 400 and 414 Squadrons
by Chris Clarke

In the period 1941 through 1943 he was with RCAF 400 and 414 squadrons stationed in the UK . The P-40 aircraft that my father flew mostly was designated RU-F. The photos of the "flight" of 3 aircraft were taken as promo pictures for Aeroplane magazine.

Dad was the last of the original pilots that formed up RCAF 414 squadron and together with a US volunteer flying with the RCAF, Hollis H. Hills, he was part of the first ever "kill" made by a Mustang . It occurred August 19, 1942 during the Dieppe operation.

© Chris Clarke 2006