Lancelot Robert Clarke was stationed with 34th Squadron SAAAF. Enlisting at 20 years old in 1944, Clarke was initially an Aircraft Mechanic, prior to being promoted to a TA Cpl. on New Year’s Day, 1945. Joining the Squadron in Italy, Clarke along with the rest of the squadron transferred to their new base Celone, Foggia, Italy, in July 1944. Clarke remained with the squadron for the rest of the war, besides some time at training courses, and was mentioned in dispatches on the 27th of June 1945. After the war it seems Clarke’s suffered medical issues, with the final entry in his service records listing him as discharged from hospital on the 29th of November 1945.
Equipped with B24-Liberators, the 34th Squadron flew missions across Southern Europe, bombing targets in Occupied France, Croatia, Serbia, Austria, Hungary, and Romania, and most famously dropping supplies to the Polish Home Army during the Warsaw Uprising. With the secession of hostilities, the squadron converted to a transport unit, before being transferred to Egypt in September. The Unit was disbanded in December 1945.
This group of four service medals and MID citation is accompanied by a photocopied set of Clarke’s service document.