: Photograph of C. Walder Parke and fellow navigator Paul B. Goscewski. Goscewski was stationed in Matching, England with the 391st Bombardment Group. Matching is located in Essex County, and Parke was stationed in Rougham, a town in the county just south of Essex. The 391st arrived in England in January of 1944 and stayed until September. The two men would have been in England at the same time and could have met there. This photograph was taken in the U.S., since Parke had permanently returned from England in 1944. During the month of April 1945, Parke completed a course at Ellington Field in Texas, and then returned to Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio. Victory in Europe Day was declared less than a month later on May 8th, 1945. 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_B03F02_015 Subjects
: Parke, Charles Walder, 1924-1996; Airmen; 391st Bombardment Group; United States Air Force; Military uniforms; Air pilots, Military Places
: England; Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)