The Intelligence Officer at the headquarters of the second Eagle Squdron (121 Squadron), Sir Michael Duff-Assheton-Smith, takes notes as pilots describe their most recent sortie. They are, (L to R) Sq. Ldr. Powell; Pilot Officers W. James Daly, Hugh Kennard, Le Roy A. Skinner, Clarence Martin, and (standing on wing), R. Fuller Patterson.
Joined RAFVR, assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.
Obituary: "Former Port Orchard resident Clarence L. Martin, 85, of Stevens, Penn., died Jan. 31, 2000, at the Stevens home of his daughter, Melissa Martin, of natural causes.
He was born in Lititz, Penn., to Philip and Emma (Landis) Martin.
Mr. Martin was a major in the British Royal Air Force, Eagle Squadron 121, during World War II. He later transferred to the United States Army Air Corps, stationed in Germany, receiving five bronze stars.
He last was a truck driver for 20 years by Lebanon Chemical Company in Lebanon, Penn. Previously, he owned and operated a trucking company. He retired in 1976, moving to Port Orchard.
He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Congregational Church in Reamstown, Penn. and served as chaplain of the Eagle Squadron Association.
Survivors include two sons, C. Michael of Boothwyn, Penn., and Jere of Victorville, Calif.; two daughters, Kathi of Hopeland, Penn., and Melissa of Stevens; one sister, Annie Lausch of Lititz; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Albert. His wife, Kathryn (Fedesky) Martin, preceded him in death in 1997.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Inc. in Reamstown."
Units served with
'On 14 May 1941, No. 121 was reformed at Kirton-in-Lindsey as the second 'Eagle' Squadron to be manned by American volunteers. Equipped with Hurricanes, it began defensive patrols in October but in November it converted to Spitfires. It moved to North...
Military site : airfield
An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.
||4 June 1914
Son of Philip and Emma [Landis] Martin.
Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
||Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK
Assigned 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.
||31 January 2000
||Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville, Lebanon County, PA
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania