Of the varied talents that identified Vernon A. "Sunshine" Parker, the love of flying was foremost.
Of the varied talents that identified Vernon A. “Sunshine” Parker, the love of flying was foremost.
He had graduated from high school at Paducah in 1931, and later began flying professionally.
By late 1940, when he had outgrown the 40-horsepower Piper Cub that he bought for $250 down and $50 a month in 1934, he learned that Great Britain’s Royal Air Force was launching hot new Spitfire fighter planes in its fight to the death with Nazi Germany.
In brief memoirs, he later wrote an account of how he became an American pilot in the Eagle Squadron of the Royal Air Force: