Parker, Leslie Eyre (Squadron Leader, b.1911 - d.?)

Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of 401535 Squadron Leader Leslie Eyre Parker DFC, No. 14 Squadron (RAF), Middle East, 1941-1945.

Collection consists of 22 letters written from Squadron Leader Parker to Ruth and Norman Mussen. The letters discuss training in Australia, transport to the Middle East, training and operations in Africa, and finish in the United Kingdom, when Parker is preparing to return to Australia. Key themes throughout the letters are: the weather in the Middle East and Africa; flying in clouds; leisure time, such as playing card games, particularly bridge; and times spent on leave visiting various Middle Eastern sites such as Jerusalem, Cairo, and Algiers.

Squadron Leader Parker was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1943 for his exceptional ability in operations as a navigator.