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Pictured: Squadron Leader Alfred Clarke<br />
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The heroics of an RAF pathfinder pilot who kept a major bombing raid on track and got his crew home with his aircraft on fire can be revealed after his medals sold for £4,300.<br />
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Squadron Leader Alfred Clarke's Lancaster plane came under attack by a German night-fighter near to Cologne, setting one of its engines ablaze.<br />
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The crew's rear gunner was also badly wounded and unable to defend them from a hostile barrage.<br />
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Nevertheless, Sq Ldr Clarke ploughed on as following his aircraft were 282 Allied bombers relying on his crew to drop sky markers on their targets.