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RAF COSFORD EDITION

RAF Lossiemouth welcomes

fourth Typhoon squadron

Story: Air Force Technology

‘Great Escape’

Veteran Dies At

The Age Of 95

Story: Forces.net

An RAF veteran who was

held alongside the prisoners

of war (PoW) involved in the

‘Great Escape’ has died at the

age of 95.

Air Commodore Charles

Clarke was held at the Stalag

Luft III PoW camp in Poland

after his Lancaster bomber

was shot down over southern

Germany in 1944.

On social media, tributes

were paid from the military

community.

RAF Cosford in Shropshire

said they were “devastated”

to hear the news about his

death.

Former RAF Navigator

John Nichol, who was taken

prisoner during the First Gulf

War, also paid his respects to

Air Commodore Clarke on

Twitter.

V sad to say Air Cdre Charles

Clarke has died aged 95. Shot

down in 1944, 3 of his crew

perished & he ended up in

Stalag Luft 3 just before the

Great Escape. He was a wonderful

man, a great friend, a

supporter of countless charities

& a giant of our nation.

Blue skies Sir. RIP

British Royal Air Force (RAF) Lossiemouth has welcomed

its fourth operational Eurofighter Typhoon

squadron to boost its mission to protect UK and

Nato airspace. The RAF officially stood up IX(B)

Squadron at a ceremonial parade and flypast at RAF

Lossiemouth. In a statement, the service said that

the personnel and aircraft of the squadron will be at

the heart of the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)

Force. The operational squadron will be responsible

for taking off within minutes of an alert being

triggered. The standing up of the squadron comes

on the day RAF Lossiemouth celebrates its 80th

anniversary. According to the Ministry of Defence,

the service will paint some of the IX(B) Squadron’s

aircraft in distinctive markings to identify them as

training ‘adversaries’, in their role as ‘aggressors’.

The Typhoon jets will be tasked to provide a sterner

training test to RAF and Nato fast-jet pilots. During

the training, they will act as opposing aircraft and

match the speed and manoeuvrability of the RAF

and Nato pilots while using real-world dogfighting

and air combat tactics against them.

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