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Hi,

I've found this Mae West in Belgium.

It's possible to identify the pilot ? history ?

 

HAROLD P. PARKEY 0819704

 

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Aurel

 

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" La Fayette, nous voilà ! "

 

Col. Charles E. Stanton

Paris, July 4th, 1917

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H/a/r/o/l/d Po/pe P/a/r/k/e/y

1st Lt. 3021 AAFBU

 

Appears to be have been stateside....could have been a trainer!

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Decorations: DFC and AM w/ 3 OLC

 

 

appears to have died young.....

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He is listed in an accident report but cant seem to find it....Im guessing it was an accident with that early death date.

Actively collecting:

13th USAAF uniforms and groups/medal groups!

307th BG, 5th BG, 11th BG, 42nd BG

Also looking for:

WWII Far East Air Force uniforms/groups!

Any Pacific Army Air Force Groups to 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 20th AAF

Collecting CBI and ATC Pacific Army Air Force groups

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Hi,

Thank you very much for this information !

 

USAAF is not my speciality . This pilot served in Europe ? what plane ?

Where was based the 3021 AAFBU ?

 

It's possible to find a picture of this pilot ?

 

Amicalement

 

Aurel

 

" La Fayette, nous voilà ! "

 

Col. Charles E. Stanton

Paris, July 4th, 1917

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I would ask someone on the Forum to check for a MACR (Missing Aircrew Report). With a DFC and Air Medal and the fact his Mae West was found in Belgium he might have been shot down. My 2-cents. Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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I have checked everywhere - could not find a MACR

 

The reason I was thinking he was killed in an accident is that his death was in the 50s.

 

He enlisted in 39 -44 and then 44-45....so I was thinking maybe he came back to be a trainer.

Actively collecting:

13th USAAF uniforms and groups/medal groups!

307th BG, 5th BG, 11th BG, 42nd BG

Also looking for:

WWII Far East Air Force uniforms/groups!

Any Pacific Army Air Force Groups to 5th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 20th AAF

Collecting CBI and ATC Pacific Army Air Force groups

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Trying to connect the dots here...mae west found in Belgium, vet served up to 45 and survived, discharged in 45..., and died in Kentucky in 1951.... or is place of death not certain? Cause of death not certain....accident, illness,,,???? seems to be many scenarios on how the mae west wound up in Belgium

 

I am thinking he died in the states, life preserver remained in Europe, or found its way to Belgium postwar, and the family in Kentucky requested a headstone based on his status as a honorably discharged veteran

 

BTW I think the vest is way cool with a story...worth researching more on the pilot and his service

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Hi,

Thank you very much for your help

I owns this vest for several years.

There is a lot of assumption on the death. Maybe wounded during the war in Belgium and died of injuries in 1951 ??

 

I think that this vest was worn during a crash .

I hope to know this history...

 

Amicalement

Aurel

" La Fayette, nous voilà ! "

 

Col. Charles E. Stanton

Paris, July 4th, 1917

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