Henry Wreford PARSONS


PARSONS, Henry Wreford

Service Number: 407802
Enlisted: 6 January 1941
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 21 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 5 June 1918
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide Technical High School, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Storeman / Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, Malaya, 19 January 1942, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide Pulteney Grammar School WW2 Honour Roll, Adelaide Technical High School Old Scholars WW2 Honour Roll, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Prospect St. Cuthbert's Church WW2 Honour Board, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

6 Jan 1941: Involvement Sergeant, SN 407802
6 Jan 1941: Enlisted Adelaide
6 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 407802
19 Jan 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 407802, No. 21 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Sergeant Parsons 407802 of 21SQN (attached to 453SQN) RAAF was killed when Brewster Buffalo AN-170 was shot down near Muar, Malaya

His one of 8 Buffalo fighters escorting Glenn Martin bombers and Wirraway aircraft to attack Japanese invasion forces at Muar where they were engaged by a strong enemy fighter force

He is mentioned in the book "Buffaloes over Singapore" by Brian Cull

His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial