Death of Joe Parker – 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron

The Foundation was represented today by Group Captain Bob Kemp at the funeral of Joe Parker, 602 (City of Glasgow) Sqn, who died peacefully in Erskine Hospital at the grand age of 96. Joe was one of the last Auxiliaries who served during the Battle of Britain. Throughout the Battle Joe was Sqn Ldr Archie McKellar’s fitter and armourer. Archie McKellar DSO DFC and Bar shot down 21 German aircraft before he himself was shot down and killed on the morning of 1 November 1940, a few hours after the Battle of Britain was declared over. As a result, Archie’s name does not appear on the Roll of Honour. Joe had lived in Erskine Hospital for many years and had been the ‘face’ of Erskine for the last five years appearing on television and in many promotional publications. Joe is survived by his two sons, John and Joe and by his daughter Margaret. Joe’s funeral was held in Clydebank and was very well attended by current members of 602 Sqn and their Association, Bob said after the funeral, “Joe was such a gentleman, always ready with a joke and a smile. He will be much missed by all those who knew him”.

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