Newton B Parker
Newt Parker, who was shot down and evaded capture in Czechoslavakia when a man and his wife took him in and hid him from the Germans, later dressing him in civilian clothes and passing him off as a deaf-mute. He went to the local police station on May 7th with the family that saved him. While there they toasted the end of the war and the locals went out and rounded up all the German's in town and put them in jail. The following day the Police Chief drove Uncle Newt to Rozmital. He was delivered to General Patton's army who was in the area of Rozmital. From there he was shipped to Le Havre to await transport back to the states.
Transcription of a note made by Newton B. Parker from paper in his escape kit.
On April 19, 1945, we were briefed at 5am. for our 28th mission. Takeoff at 9 am to Rouenice and brb. mission. We entered enemy territory at 1:32 pm. At 2 pm we were starting bomb run. Bombardier called B-17 going down at 2 O'clock. Flak at 2 O'clock. Flak stopped. Me-262's at 12 O'clock. I saw them first at 3 O'clock going away. Then at 5 O'clock low, coming in our flight position was airborne spare, therefore only the ship to our right, & our own could fire. The radio operator was at his gun. I fired & the ammunition chutes did not feed right. I had to hand charge each round. The top turret man called me and asked what was wrong. I answered and at the same time the fighter was 50 yards out. This was the last interphone conversation. I felt an explosion, and looked toward the left wing. It was in flames. I had my chute on, so I backed to the escape batch, knocking the flak suit, I had hung there, out of the way as I went. I pulled the emergency release, & the door fell out. I saw Johnson at the waist door & Malires heading for it. I did not see C. Johnson. From the tail & the ball, the alarm cannot be heard. I could see the fire. Whether Shorty knew of the trouble, I don't know. R. Johnson bailed out first, then me, then Malires. I fell several thousand feet, before pulling the ripcord, & was below the other two. On the way down, I noted the positions of villages and woods. At 500 feet, I saw people running from a small village The wind carried me about 1,000 yards from it. I hit in a flower field, and landed improperly. I was thinking of the civilians & not the ground. Upon contact, my ankle was sprained & and I was temporarily stunned. While in this condition, the wind dragged me over the field, pulling off my flying boots. I then decided to evade capture & unfastened the harness, took off my Mae West, and ran into nearby woods. A farmer, & wife, were standing by their home about 25 yards away, watching me, all this time. The others did not come in sight The woods were pine therefore little cover. I ran until I found a clump of small pine and briar bushes I crawled into this, and waited. My flying clothes blended perfectly with the cover. Then I heard the searchers coming. I was lying about 25 feet from the edge of a field. Men passed through the field, and I could see them clearly. One man entered the woods, about 15 feet from where I was hiding. I hid my face & hands, to avoid reflection, & he did not see me. Sometime after I had hidden, (I had no water), A German soldier walked to a grassy spot in the field, 75 yards away, sat down, & lighted a cigarette. Soon, he blew a whistle, & other soldiers came out of the woods around me. Apparently, all did not hear the whistle, because several shots were fired as a signal. There were about 12 soldiers, and probably many more civilians searching for me. While waiting, I tore up & burned all papers on my person. I stayed here till it was dark, 9 Hrs. I had opened my escape kit, and removed the compass. I decided to travel NW, as I knew the army was near our target in that direction. My heater shoes were the only shoes I had. At dark, I started walking, I took one Benzedrine tablet. Soon I left the woods, and crossed a field. I ran across, in a stooper position, stopping occasionally to listen. After this, I decided to walk at a moderate rate, at all times, so as to reserve my strength. I decided to eat one piece of candy a night, while walking, & ½ piece a day while hiding. The first night I walked several miles, & crossed 3 creeks. Removing my shoes & wading, then drying my feet with my handkerchief. I decided not to smoke, for fear the glare of a match would give me away. At pre-dawn I found a hiding place in the woods, for that day. I soon found my hiding place, was above a small village, as I could hear the town clock, striking the hours. I tried to sleep, but was soon awakened by the sound of chopping, & a dog barking. Dogs worried me constantly. There was a large cock pheasant flying around me, & I was in fear a hunter would hear it crowing, & come upon me. My feet were cold, so I cut the legs off my heated suit, & wrapped my feet. I hung my socks & shoes in the brush to dry. No one came near enough that I could see them through the brush, but! could hear people talking as they passed, on a nearby path. At dusk,! started walking, I had to cross a highway, so I unconcernedly crossed the adjacent fields and walked along the edge of the woods, in the shadows.