Pilot Officer 137406
Charles Edwin Parkin
Air Bomber 51 Squadro, RAFVR
Killed in action Monday 26th July 1943 aged 28.
51 Squadron's Halifax HR934 with P/O Smyth and his crew including Charles took off from RAF Snaith at 22.26 on Sunday 25th of July 1943 on a bomber raid to Essen. It is not known what happened but they crashed into the North Sea near the coast of Holland. The bodies of the crew were eventually washed ashore on various Dutch beaches.
P/O Charles Parkins body was found near Castricum and he was interred there.
On the previous evening the squadron had participated in the raid on Hamburg and Charles and his crew had a narrow escape after being picked up by searchlights over Cuxhaven on the Lower Saxony coast. They were attacked by a Messerschmitt Me109 but were able to dive away without being hit.
As a child Charles attended The Fleet Boys School and then the Herbert Strutt Grammar School Belper. Charles joined the RAF in 1941.
Charles is buried in Castricum Protestant Churchyard, Netherlands.
Castricum Protestant Churchyard contains 34 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
Far Laund, Belper
Born on Tuesday 27th April 1915 Charles was the son of James Parkin, a coalminer, and Annie Parkin (nee Woodward) and the husband of Joyce Emily Mary Parkin they married in June 1939.
In 1934 he was employed in a teaching position at Long Row School. Long Row Belper.
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