: Five-franc banknote used as military currency in friendly French territory by the Allied powers in WWII. Allied Military Currency was used as a local form of exchange among U.S. soldiers in multiple European countries, but different banknotes were designed for each occupied portion of a foreign county. C. Walder Parke may have acquired this currency before he left on missions over France, or he could have obtained it after his crew's emergency landing in the Basse-Normandie region. Charles Walder Parke was born on July 28, 1924, and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in 1942 intending to be a pilot during WWII, but spent most of his military career as a navigator on B-17 Flying Fortresses in the 94th Bombardment Group. Parke earned two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal with several Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his successful bombing missions, including some over Berlin. He is best known for being on board a B-17 which was shot down over France by German planes on June 25, 1944, during a non-combat mission. The crew managed to make an emergency landing, and everyone inside survived. After the war, Parke founded the Cleveland-based Laurel Industries Inc., which became a prominent supplier of antimony oxide to the plastics industry. He died of Lou-Gehrig’s Disease on September 15, 1996, at the age of 72. View on Ohio Memory.
: MSS1510_B01F34_002_01 Subjects
: Military currency; Money--France; Foreign exchange; Bank notes Places
: France; United States