'3 Engines Quit, 3 Nazis Attack--but Saves Fort' article   Save
'3 Engines Quit, 3 Nazis Attack--but Saves Fort' article
Description: Newspaper article about the B-17 that was shot down over France and its crew that managed to land safely. The writer interviews C. Walder Parke and Ray Graves, two of the crew members, and uses their quotes within the text. The article notes that Parke praised Graves for his skill as a pilot, and Graves just changed the subject. The pair also gave positive reviews to the Air Force film "Winged Victory," which was opening the following week. 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.
Image ID: MSS1510_B03F06_001
Subjects: Parke, Charles Walder, 1924-1996; Graves, Raymond J.; Fighter planes--Piloting; Surprise (Military science); Winged Victory (Hart, Moss)
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); France; Berlin (Germany)