PARKER, JAMES EDMUND, Major General, # 0-12309, USAAF
James E. Parker was born on 9 August 1896 in Calhoun Co., Alabama, to (Sheriff) William Edward Parker (1876-1949) and Margaret D. Parker (1878-1934). Siblings were Susan Ethel (Parker) Grogan (1897-1980), Annie May (Parker) Elwell (1898-1985), Elizabeth Katherine (Parker) Shipman (1900-1990), John Spencer Parker (1901-1971), Mattie Bell (Parker) Cole (1903-1934), Margaret L. Parker (1908-1984), Gertrude Ellen (Parker) Pensyl (1911-1990), Harry S. Parker (1914-1949), Christine Elaine (Parker) Hayes (1915-1978), N. Newell Parker (1916-1918), Buena (Parker) Haile (1919-2017), and Gerald Hugh Parker (1921-1975), Brandon Lamar Parker (1923-1995), Warren Earle Parker (1924-1986). He was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1918. He was married to Florewnce O. Parker, 107 E. Oak View Place, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas.
He was the Commander, 20th Air Force, effective 15 October 1945. He was an experienced pilot. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. Search was conducted by 8th AF and Pacific Air Command, 13th AF, Manila, with numerous B-29s (24 aircraft) and 85th Fighter Wing aircraft. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines (Block A, Row 7, Grave 176). He was awarded the Distinquished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Bronze Star Medal.