NOEL NORMAN PARKER - WW II Hero
From data supplied by Diane & Peter, descendants of Charles Parker (see journal) :
Gerald Oswald Parker b. 8-8-1892 Crookwell NSW Australia. d. 22-7-1963 Canberra ACT Australia. m. 16-8-1913 St. Edmunds C of E Gunning NSW Australia. Florence McCarthy b. 25-11-887 Mittens Creek Grenfell NSW Australia.
d. 3-10-1954 Crookwell NSW Australia.
Gerald is the son of Even Oswald Parker and grandson of Charles Parker II, and Great grandson of Charles Parker I
Gerald had three children :
1 : Audrey Florence PARKER. b. 31-Mar- 1914 Crookwell NSW. d. 2-6-1993 Griffith ACT. m. 6-6-1939 St Steven's Port Kembla NSW Kenneth Stuart Bissett AMESS b. 3-1-1912 Balmain NSW.
2 : Noel Norman PARKER b. 8-8-1916 d.13-12-1966 Melbourne Vic. Australia. m1 Gwen STOCKS b 1917 M2 Gabrielle Ruth PAYNE b. 1923
Gerald left School at age 14 in Goulburn to be employed by the railway as station attendant Crookwell. At the oubreak of W W II he joined the RAF and trained as a pilot. He was in line for Squadron Leader but shell shock stopped him from becoming Squadron Leader after he was shot down over Belgium on 19 Nov 1943. He was aided by the underground movement to return to England after 5 weeks. During the early 1990's Noel, with wife and son David, attended his squadron reuinion in England. There he made contact with the German pilot that shot him down. I believe he boomed down the phone "SO YOURE the bastard that shot me are you?"
From and Article published in a Goulburn Newspaper in approximately 1950
"PILOT WHO LOST FOUR OF "100" LIVES"
Friends of Squadron-Leader Noel Parker D.F.C. of Camden, who has
returned to Sydney from England with a contingent of RAAF airman say he has 100 lives. They calculated that 96 of those are still intact.
The other four he lost in a raid on Leverkusen in the Ruhr.
A German night fighter sneaked out of the darkness and directed a burst of fire, which holed the Stirling bomber's petrol-tanks set it on fire, and ignited the incendiaries in the bomb-bay.
Parker was pulling on his parachute in the front when the plane blew up. Most of the other members of the crew perished in the blazing wreckage,
but Parker was blown through the perspex. That was No 1 life.
His parachute was still only half buckled when the explosion occurred.
It should have been torn off. Instead a projection evidently struck the
second buckle and clipped it into place. That was no 2 life.
BROKEN RIBBS, NECK
The explosion rendered him unconscious, so that he could not pull the
ripcord handle. But as he was catapulted from the smashed plane, a
jagged edged caught the handle and pulled out the silk, which floated
his unconscious form down into Germany. That was no 3 life.
He regained consciousness on the ground, suffering from three broken
ribs and a fractured bone in the neck. He hid the first day in a
farmyard, curled up in a box normally used to transport fowls. After a
week of hiding by day and traveling south by night, he was picked up by the Belgian underground and transferred to Spain. His friends
conservatively put his escapes down as no 4 life.
Squadron-Leader Parker has been in Goulburn over the week-end to see his mother, Mrs Ruby Parker who is seriously ill in the Goulburn District Hospital, He brought his wife and young son with him.
After the war Noel became a pilot with Trans Australian Airways, which
later became Qantas Airlines, until his retirement. He continued
flying courier planes around Victoria and NSW and he single-handed
brought out Partinaviour Planes from Italy.
Noel was also involved with boxing as a teenager, he used to box in the tent shows that travelled around NSW. I am unclear as to whether he tried to earn a living boxing.
Noel is buried with his father Gerald in Woden Cemetary in Canberra. He was cremated and his ashes placed in the grave.