CLARK, CHARLES ARTHUR, Staff Sergeant, # 37281498, USAAF

 

Charles A. Clark was born on 25 November 1919 in Lansing, Minnesota, to Merritt Converse Clark (1891-1963) and Sigrid A. (Nord) Clark (1892-1981). Siblings included Jessie Gaylord (Clark) Sorum (1917-2008), and Dorothy Clark (1922-2013). He was married to Phyllis Clark, 1023 Highland Ave., Saint Paul, Minnesota.

 

He registered for the WW II draft on 1 July 1941, employed by the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, residing at 1023 Highland Av., South Saint Paul, Dakota Co., Minnesota, and described himself as 5’9 ½”, 163 lbs, with red hair and blue eyes. After enlisting n the USAAF, he was trained in the maintenance and operation of the radio equipment on the B-24/C-87. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 24 September 1944, a C-87 (transport modified B-24), # 43-30614, assigned to Air Transport Command, 1327th AAF Base Unit, Tezpur, China, departed the airfield at Hsinching, China, on a cargo mission to Tezpur, India. The last contact with the C-87 was by radio at 0153 hours, giving an estimated time of arrival of 0225 hours IST. He is remembered on the memorial wall for the missing in action in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.