Hill Co. AAF Redistribution Station 2 telegram to C. Walder Parke, September 17, 1944   Save
Charles Walder Parke WW2 Collection
Description: Telegram from a Miami Beach redistribution station to C. Walder Parke regarding his upcoming transfer to that location. The reservation for his wife was cancelled. Parke experienced a 22-day delay on his trip from Indiana to Florida. 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_B02F01_016
Subjects: Parke, Charles Walder, 1924-1996--Correspondence; Military bases
Places: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio); Miami Beach (Florida); Miami-Dade County (Florida)