John E. Parker

Picture of John Parker JOHN E. PARKER, born January 19,1925 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Enlisted as Aviation Cadet May, 1943. Graduated at Craig Field, Selma, Ala., Class 44-I. After training in P-40's transitioned in P-47 Razorbacks at Andrews AFB, Washington, DC. Ferried P-47's to Shaw Field, Sumter, SC for combat tactical training.

Flew new P-47D models at Shaw and P-47N's during gunnery at Millville, NJ. While flying gunnery at Millville, and then again later at Luke Field, Arizona, Parker was constantly at the head of his class for outstanding marksmanship. He completed gunnery at end of European war. Ferried P-47's to Selfridge Field, Michigan for storage.

Transferred to Dover, Delaware flying P-47's till release from active duty. Flew T-6, AT-11, C-47 and B-29 during five years of Air Force Reserve at MacDill Field, Tampa, Fla.

Parker was recalled to service in 1951 and joined the Virginia Air National Guard on duty with their P-47's at Turner Field, Albany, Ga. The entire unit transferred to Godman AFB, Ft. Knox, Ky. Flew P-47's as enemy forces during "Operation Longhorn" out of San Angelo, Texas.

Bent Jug on takeoff by ground looping off end of runway due to insufficient power. Previous close calls included dead stick landing after engine failure onto Andrews AFB from 3000' experiencing a turning stall and split-ess, landing successfully. Later, after a gunnery mission off Atlantic City, NJ, commenced "rat racing" and during vertical barrel rolls allowed speed build-up to where all controls froze.

With full power and gentle application of elevator trim starting at 15,000', became level at 3,000' and chandelled to 10,000' with shaken pilot.

Parker completed his second tour of duty after 37 ground support missions in Korea while flying P-51 's and wishing for a P-47 . He was a guest of honor, along with five of his 44-I classmates, at Craig Field during graduation exercises for class of 77-I.

He was discharged from the Air Reserve with the rank of Captain.

He married Judith Lynn Osborn in April 1980. They live in St. Petersburg, Fla. where he is Composing Manager for The Times Publishing Co., with 34 years service. He has two children, John and Jean. He is still active in flying, owning his own plane for the past 11 years.

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John Abbotts P-47 transition followed at Pocatello, Idaho and Greenville, Texas after which he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group in England. When the news of his arrival reached Berlin, Hitler retired to his bunker with his cyanide capsule and revolver. Eva found the news equally depressing.
Asa A. Adair He returned to the States in August of 1944 after participating in the invasion "D" Day. He flew P-63's, P-51's, F-80's, T-33's, F-84's, T-38's, P-47's in numerous assignments during the following twenty years in in, Japan, U.S.A. and Europe before retiring after twenty-six years of Active Duty.
Edward B. Addison The 507th Fighter Group, equipped with P-47N's, won the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying 32 Japanese aircraft in the air on one mission to Seoul, Korea. The average flying time for raids to Korea and Japan would be 7 to 9 hours flying time. In a total of 31 months, the 507th not only provided top cover for B-29's, but also dive-bombed, napalm-bombed and flew low-level on strafing missions.
Levon B. Agha-Zarian It is rumored that he, took his primary training on a flying rug. He flew Spits, briefly, in England, but as the, war moved to the East, he was sent to India as a Sgt. Pilot and first saw action from Ceylon, flying the Curtiss P.36, the Brewster Buffalo, and the Hurricane. At this point he might have opted for the rug! This was at the time of the fall of Singapore and the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse.
George N. Ahles Posted to A-20 light bomber squadron Barksdale Field, Louisiana. . Group moved to Hunter Air Base Savannah, Georgia. Qualified for Pilot training November 1940. Entered Aviation Cadets January 1942. Presented wings November 1942 class of 42-J. Married Mary Louise while in Advanced Pilot Training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama, September 1942.
Roy J. Aldritt Shortly after the group moved to France he ran into some unseen flak and was forced to make a nylon descent behind the lines; some evasion and a lot of luck had him back with his unit in 24 hours.
Eugene J. Amaral After graduation from Stonington High School he enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in December 1942 and was called to active duty in March, 1943. He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Georgia as a member of the Class of 43-C.
Talmadge L. Ambrose Flew 84 missions thru VE Day, was downed by 22mm ground fire over Siefried Line. He destroyed 11 enemy aircraft, 9 known confirmed in air and on ground, including 4 FW 190-D's in one afternoon over Hanover, Germany, April 8, 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, 17 man, Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Pacific Theatre and European Theatre Meda1s with 5 Battle Stars and Unit Citation Medal.
John C. Anderson After P-47 transition he was assigned to the 406th Fighter Group, 512th Fighter Squadron. (E.T .0.) He flew 56 missions through January, 1945 destroying supply routes, bridges, and railroads; he also flew close support missions with the ground forces, with attacks on tanks, artillery and enemy positions.
William Anderson It was not always flak,two ME-109's beat the hell out of me one day. The central controller called me and said "Basher-Red Leader do you have contact Bandits," I replied, "I sure do, I'll bring them over the field in 3 minutes, they're chasing me home." Got all the usual medals including two Belgium and two French but one I'm most proud of is the Silver Star -it is the greatest.
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