Second Lieutenant Jack Lindsey Clark, US Army Air Forces, was a bombardier assigned to the 349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group Heavy. It arrived at Thorp Abbots, England, on 14 June 1943. 2nd Lt Clark was assigned to Crew #3 on B-17 #42-30038 Bar Fly. The plane was shot down on 25 June 1943 on the 100th first combat Mission, to Bremen, Germany.
He was killed in action and is listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Netherlands American Cemetery, Margarten, Netherlands.
1st Lt Paul J. Schmalenback, Pilot KIA
FO George W. Cox, Co-Pilot POW
1st Lt John F. Brown, Navigator POW
2nd Lt Jack L. Clark, Bombardier KIA
TSgt Eugene M. Beck, Top TurretEngineer KIA
SSgt Anthony J. Russo, Waistgunner KIA
TSgt Frank J. Podbielski, RadioGunner POW
SSgt William C. Lucas, Waistgunner POW
SSgt Norman C. Goodwin, Ball Turret Gunner POW
SSgt Lewis W. Priegel, Tailgunner KIA
According to a German report the plane was shot down into the sea 20 Km north of Wangerooge one of the Frisian Islands, and Norman Goodwin was recovered from the sea, taken to a hospital on the Island of Norderney where an amputation of his left thigh was performed. Goodwin was subsequently returned to the U.S. John Brown was also picked up from the sea and sent to a hospitial at Sanderbusch. Both Frank Podbielski and William Lucas were recovered by Coastguard boat at 10h00 and transfered to Dulag Luft, Oberursel on 26 June 1943.
A statement made by Frank Podbielski in which he described the final minutes of his aircraft says, in part, “After 30 minutes of combat action, the top turret guns were silent. TSgt Beck could have been wounded or killed. SSgt Goodwin lay wounded on the floor of the radio room. Sgt Russo lay wounded to the right of the ball turret after administering first aid to Goodwin. According to email received by Ed Cox, Lt Cox’s nephew, Lt George Mutt Cox survived the bailout but died later in the POW camp. Also in the email, Lt Cox’s sister states that Lt Cox told her the name of the aircraft was Bar Fly.