Ellington Field qualification report for C. Walder Parke   Save
Ellington Field qualification report for C. Walder Parke
Description: Qualification report from Ellington Field for C. Walder Parke's instructor training. Parke became a navigational instructor at Lockbourne Army Air Base in Columbus, Ohio in November of 1944, but spent a portion of his time assigned to Lockbourne at Ellington Field in Texas for teaching instruction. The report ranks Parke in the first quartile of his class. Parke returned to Lockbourne afterwards and continued teaching until he was discharged in September of 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.
Image ID: MSS1510_B01F22_001
Subjects: Student records; Parke, Charles Walder, 1924-1996; United States. Army. Air Corps
Places: Houston (Texas); Harris County (Texas)