Arthur C Clarke wearing RAF uniform, c 1942.
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Arthur C Clarke wearing RAF uniform, c 1942. Here, Arthur Charles Clarke (b 1917) is aged about 24 years. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1941, having realised his job as a Civil Service auditor was not how he wanted to 'serve his country' during the WWII. Clarke was later to become a leading science fiction writer, following a period of work in scientific research.