Another casualty of this terrible war, Alexander Parker died on June 26 1917, 26 days after joining 5 RNAS in France. He will be remembered as a courageous pilot, who shot an enemy DFW C. V on his first mission, and two further DFWs the next day, a feat for which he was awarded the Military Cross. He would later shoot another DFW, as well as three observation balloons, all kills in his trusty Sopwith Strutter, except for the last two balloons, scored in the DH. 4.
He died on a photo recon mission. On his way to the trenches, he encountered several German planes returning home, a few miles from the trenches, on the Allied side of the front. He approached a straggler, almost sure that he was a Brit, he turned out to be a Hun. He used all his ammunition, trying to take him down, but to no avail. The Hun did not care, he kept flying back to his side of the front. Parker decided to continue the mission but encountered another German fighter, who seriously wounded his observer, nearly killing him. Determined to save his friend, Parker turned west, attempting to land on the first Allied airport he could find. As he approached the airfield just south-west of Nieuwpoort, he was attacked again - there is no way of telling if this was the same Hun or not, but regardless, he seriously wounded Parker. His fuel tank pierced, he only had one shot. Unfortunately, one of the many trees around this airport was in the way and ended Parker’s promising career.
I’ve never felt this sad losing a pilot. This career was one of the most interesting and amazing I’ve ever had, and he was to ask for a transfer to a scout squadron soon. R.I.P.
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