Vincent PARKER

PARKER, Vincent

Service Number: 42356
Enlisted: 1 January 1938
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 234 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Durham, England, 11 January 1919
Home Town: Ingham, Hinchinbrook, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Pilot
Died: Aircraft accident, Northumberland, England, 29 January 1946, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, North Yorkshire, England
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World War 2 Service

1 Jan 1938: Enlisted Royal Air Force
15 Aug 1940: Involvement Royal Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 42356, No. 234 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Involvement Flight Lieutenant, SN 42356, Royal Air Force

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Pilot Officer Vincent Parker RAF 42356 flew Spitfire fighters with Number 234 Squadron during the Battle of Britain and was shot down over the English Channel on 15th August 1940

He was taken prisoner by a German E Boat and remained a POW for the rest of the war - he was involved in a number of escape bids and eventually he was placed in Colditz

Liberated in May 1945 he returned to England but was killed while flying Tempest V aircraft EJ-859 of 56OTU which crashed near the town of Felkington in Northumberland, England