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Charles Walder Parke WW2 Collection
Description: Photograph of 94th Bombardment Group with their families at a reunion dinner. This Group was a subdivision of the 4th Combat Wing of the famous Eighth Air Force, which conducted many of the missions over France and Germany during WWII. The four men in the foreground were all crew members on a B-17 that was shot down over France. From left to right are navigator C. Walder Parke, pilot Ray Graves, bombardier Al Silva, and co-pilot Vern Kreger. 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_B02F06_007
Subjects: 94th Bombardment Group; Veterans; Reunions; World War II; United States Air Force
Places: Charles Walder Parke WW2 Collection