John Joseph Parker's service

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John Joseph Parker's service

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A handwritten note by John Joseph Parker's daughter briefly outlining his service as a Flying Officer.

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2001-04-21

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Handwritten sheet

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IBCC Digital Archive

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BPilbeamAFParkerJJv20001

Transcription

Saturday 21st April 2001

I was talking to Dad this morning about the R.A.F.
I had realised that I did not know the number of his unit during the war. If future generations want to research this, then a number is invaluable.
So Flying Officer J.J. Parker was attached to
Number One Bomber Group / Grantham (Belton House)
He always reported in to other stations as well. He was attached to this group throughout the war but travelled anywhere wherever he was needed. 9I remember him arriving home on a motor bike!) He loaded up the bombs with his team – this was called ‘bombing up’, also incendiaries had to be loaded. He checked the guns and if there was any hitch or doubt about their efficiency he went with that particular flight. this would count in his night flights over Germany.
When the push was really on his men were exhausted and he would just have to rally them and urge them on.
They would welcome the planes home and check everything ready for the next flight. I asked him where he was on V.E. Day. He said he knew nothing about it as he was on a flight over Berlin. He admitted to me shear terror of those night flights.

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B Pilbeam, “John Joseph Parker's service,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 19, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19539.

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