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    Default F/L Vincent ‘Bush’ Parker B of B pilot 2 Me110 victories?

    Hi All,

    I’m currently away at the moment but have just finished reading the bio of the above ‘Australian’ pilot who was shot down on Eagle Day 15 August 1940 after claiming two Me110’s shot down, he ended up in the Channel and was picked up by the Germans and after a number of escape attempts found himself in Colditz where he became an expert on picking locks until liberated in April 1945.

    Can anyone confirm his claim of two Me110 shot down? He had a reputation as a bit of a ‘line shooter’. He was killed in an air accident just after the end of the war in 1946.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Default Re: F/L Vincent ‘Bush’ Parker B of B pilot 2 Me110 victories?

    John,
    I have him as Flt Lt RAFVR (42356) 234 Sqn POW 1940-08-15, d. 1946-06-29? MiD (RAFO) 1946-05-06.
    Yr 'Australian' causes me to check?
    TIA
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    Peter,

    Yes that’s him, he was born in the UK, but immigrated to Australia as a young boy and grew up here before returning to the UK just before the out break of WW2 and he joined the RAF.

    John.

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    Default Re: F/L Vincent ‘Bush’ Parker B of B pilot 2 Me110 victories?

    Australia's Few and the Battle by Kristen Alexander has

    "It was some time before they discovered
    that Parker had baled out at 900 feet over the Channel after his engine ‘gave
    up’ following ‘two combats with Me110 which I shot down’. After almost 4
    hours in the water, he was picked up by a German launch. He, like Richard
    Hardy, who had been forced by Me109s to land at Cherbourg, was
    imprisoned."

    Footnotes say

    "As for Bush Parker’s claim of the Me110, none from his squadron could verify
    this; they hardly knew what had happened to him, let alone that he had added to the squadron
    tally – if indeed he had." -

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    Default Re: F/L Vincent ‘Bush’ Parker B of B pilot 2 Me110 victories?

    Many thanks Paul, looks like a line shoot!

    John.

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