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World War Two hero to be officially recognised
10:40am Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
A WORLD War Two hero from Marlow will for the first time be officially recognised at this year's Remembrance Day after a plea from a writer who uncovered his story.
The name of Flt Lt Fred Clement, a Lancaster bomber pilot, will be read at the service in Marlow.
Steven Potter, of Gossmore Walk, Marlow, a former RAF pilot himself, researched the the story of how his plane crashed on the northern France in July 1944.
All of the crew, including Mr Potter's relative perished.
Now, the Royal British Legion have told Mr Potter his request to have Flt Lt Fred Clement added to the list of the fallen read on Remembrance Day has been accepted.
Flt Lt Clement's family, who emigrated in the 1950s, spoke to the Free Press from their home in Australia this week.
His youngest brother, Les, 88, said: "I'm chuffed. I'm rather proud and rather sad as well because it keeps bringing back fond memories of my brother.
"I think it's wonderful that they recognise these heroes who flew in those times."
He will not be able to attend the service in Marlow but said: "I guess it will be another heart wrenching moment. I will cherish the moment when he is remembered in that way."
Les, who was in the RAF himself during the war, said: "The people who suffered worst in our family were mother of course, she was completely devastated of course and our eldest brother who was very close and couldn't get over it.
"My mother died about 12 months later. My sister said she died from the loss of Fred."
Their parents owned the old Marlow pub - The Crown & Anchor in Oxford Road.
Trevor Clement, 62, the son of Les, a retired public servant, said: "It's brilliant it's an absolutely fantastic outcome, the family is thrilled to bits and Steve the author should be very proud of his efforts.
"I never knew Fred he was killed before I was born but my middle name is Fred I was named after him.
"Fred's loss was just tragic for the whole family."
He added the family still feels they have a strong connection with Marlow.
Mr Potter said: "I'm really pleased. When I called the family for the research it was if they'd seen him yesterday, it was clear these people are really important to their families and the loss was still felt very strongly. I was moved by it."
The family also hope the pilot's name can be added to the All Saints Church war memorial.
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