RAF Pocklington veteran Ron dies, 92

Ron's crew at RAF Pocklington.
Ron's crew at RAF Pocklington.

An RAF Pocklington veteran, Ron Parsons, died last week. He was 92.

Ron was an air gunner with 102 Squadron that flew from Pocklington between 1942-45, and had returned for periodic visits more recently.

RAF Pocklington veteran Ron Parsons, pictured laying a wreath at the Glider Club in 2015, has died aged 92.

RAF Pocklington veteran Ron Parsons, pictured laying a wreath at the Glider Club in 2015, has died aged 92.

As Flight Sargeant Parsons, he is pictured with the rest of his Halifax Mark III aircrew at Pocklington in October 1944.

In recent years he had attended 102 Squadron Association reunions and shown his family around his former haunts at Pocklington and Barmby Moor, in addition to going to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington to inspect their reconstructed Mark III Halifax.

Ron also undertook the duties of laying a wreath on the 102 Squadron memorial at the Gliding Club on the airfield in 2015.

The 102 Squadron Association will again be holding its annual reunion in Pocklington in parallel with the Flying Man Festival in the town on Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 of May.

It will include a reunion dinner at the Gliding Club on Saturday evening when the speaker will be Doctor Dan Ellin of the International Bomber Command Centre at Lincoln.

Mr Parsons’ funeral will be held at Lichfield and District Crematorium on Thursday 5 April commencing at 12.30pm.

If any squadron members are free they are welcome to attend – his family look forward to seeing them.