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Map of Normandy, France
Description: Map of the Basse-Normandie region of northern France, where C. Walder Parke and his crew of the B-17 "Mission Mistress" had to make an emergency landing after being shot down by Germans. When the map is folded over, three red lines with labels drawn on the front and back of the map align to indicate where Parke landed, was processed for return to his base, and left France with his crew members to come back to England. "Mission Mistress" managed to land safely on a Canadian landing strip. 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_002_01
Subjects: France--Normandy; Surprise (Military science); Fighter planes--Landing
Places: Calvados (France);