Kenneth Charles ParsonsBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2298 (Published 08 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2298
- Celia Ingham Clark
Kenneth Charles Parsons (“Ken”) was born in Newport, Gwent. In his teens he read AJ Cronin’s The Citadel, and it was his secret dream to become a doctor. However, this was very unlikely owing to his family circumstances: he was one of six children, and his father worked as a gardener. Instead he joined the Royal Air Force, intending to become a fighter pilot. During training in the USA he converted from pilot to air bomber and returned to England, where he flew 32 missions in Halifaxes. He was shot down in flames over Holland, most of his crew died, one was captured, and Ken was fortunately found and sheltered by the Dutch resistance. He was missing presumed dead for several months before eventually being helped back to allied territory to rejoin his squadron.
After the war he was enabled to …