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Samuel J Parks


Killed in Action (KIA) on 26-Feb-43 in B-24D 41-23820, 480th ASG/1st ASS while serving as Navigator. The aircraft failed to return from an anti-shipping patrol over the Bay of Biscay. Empty dingies were found 75 miles northwest of Brest/ Obit Stolle of 8/JG2 in FW 190 claimed the loss. The anti submarine squadron was under administrative control of the 8th and operational control of RAF coastal command.

Air Medal, Purple Heart


Units served with


  • 41-23820

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24D-5-CO 41-23820 was assigned to 480th Anti-Submarine Group/1st Anti-Submarine Squadron at St. Eval, UK. The aircraft was on TDY duty with RAF Coastal Command but under administrative control of VIII Air Support Command. The aircraft was despatched...


  • RAF/VIII Air Support Command ANTI-SUB PATROL

    26 February 1943
    On 26-Feb-43 B-24D 41-23820 480th Anti-Submarine Group/1st Anti-Submarine Squadron was serving with RAF Costal Command and was despatched on an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay. The aircraft was shot down by Oblt Stolle of 8/JG 2 about 75...

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Event Location Date
Born Texas
Killed in Action (KIA) English Channel 26 February 1943

Killed when aircraft was shot down by a German fighter and crashed into the sea 75 miels nothr-west of Brest, France.

Commemorated Saint-James, France 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Brittany American Cemetery.


Date Contributor Update
05 May 2017 18:34:02 John2000 Changes to nickname

My Grandmother and a letter he written to my father.

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2015 21:16:50 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 22-Jun-2015. Added decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records. Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; Added KIA event, Loss date, A/C model number and Unit Associations to Summary Biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces", Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AF Vol.1 by Bishop and Hey, p.81, WWII Memorial web site