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RICHARD A. PARKER
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

January 28, 1987

Dear Will:

Rutherford painted the "Peepsight." We got the airplane new at a base in Topeka, Kansas and took it (it took us) to England, via the North Atlantic.

The picture with the "T" in "Peepsight" missing. I don't understand.

I don't know if it was ever repaired. Was told it might be used for spare parts. Who knows.

I have many more orders, but am not up to going through and copying them.

R. A. Parker, Pilot




LEROY F. PARKER
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

27 August 1985

Dear Will:

I want to thank you very much for your recent correspondence. I have opened communication with former members of our crew on "Fearless Fosdick."

I note that you have published a history of the 67th Squadron, 44th Bomb Group, of which I was a member from April 1944 to November 1944. I will very much appreciate a copy of your history. Your bill will be remitted by return mail.

I will plan to keep in touch with everyone concerned and I thank you very much..

Very truly yours,

LeRoy F. Parker

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RICHARD A. PARKER
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

Pilot Richard A. Parker telephoned many years ago to give me (Will Lundy) his story about the mission of November 5, 1943. This was his 5th mission.

He stated:

He was awarded a Purple Heart due to a wound he received on the first attack of his plane. He had his radio wire shot out where it made contact with the medal on back of the pilot's seat. One round had hit his head, cerebellum area. He tried to pull back from the area, pulled out his oxygen supply hose. Seeing the problem, the engineer, Nyhoff, gave him a walk-around bottle to hook up.

Then the copilot, Simons, moved to the pilot's seat while Lt. Parker staggered into the copilot's seat. One gunner grabbed a blazing oxygen bottle and threw it out of the aircraft.

The entire crew transferred out on December 31, 1943 to the 93rd BG.

Then the second wave of attackers hit and the engineer was hit in his arm just below his elbow, with the impact throwing him to the floor. Plexiglas was all over the flight deck. The pilots then steered to their left, were picked up by some P-38s for escort that brought them back to the base. The pilot's managed a reasonable landing, but with one tire flat, they wound up in a ground loop, off into the grass area. Most of this crew was wounded.

The wounded were taken immediately to the 231st hospital on the base for treatment. Following that, when asking for food, they said that there was no food available, causing considerable anger with these wounded men.

Lt. Parker also stated that their story was published in Stars & Stripes. Showed both Joe Cavone and Nyhoff in the hospital. Later, the Queen came to visit them and presented them with their Purple Heart medals.

Both Willey and Hardwick refused to fly more combat missions.
 
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