In late 1940, Congress authorized a naval air fleet of fifteen thousand aircraft. The Marine Corps was allotted a percentage of these planes to be formed into 2 air wings with 32 operational squadrons. On the advice of Navy and Marine advisors returning from observing the war in Europe these numbers were doubled very soon after. It was under this expansion program that the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing was activated at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia on July 7, 1941. The First Marine Aircraft Group which was the largest east coast aviation unit in the Marines at the time, became its first component. Although a new wing, it is considered an unofficial descendant of the Northern Bombing Group of World War I. Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the wing transferred to Naval Air Station San Diego, California on December 10, 1941 and then to Camp Kearny on December 31. The first deployment for 1st MAW came in August 1942 when forward elements of the Wing arrived on Guadalcanal and made up the Cactus Air Force supporting the 1st Marine Division during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
PARKER, Charles E, Lieutenant Colonel, O-004950, USMC, from Oklahoma, Manila American Cemetery (bm) + PARKER, Charles Edward, 4950, HqSqn, 1stMAW, FMF, Solomon Is, May 1, 1944, killed in action (mc) + PARKER, Charles E., Major, USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Charles E. Parker, 3503 S. Rockford St., Tulsa, Okla (na) + PARKER, Charles E, LTCOL, O-004950, USMC, from Oklahoma, location Solomon Islands, date of loss April 30, 1943 (pm)
LtCol Charles Edward Parker was declared Missing in Action on 30 Apr 1943.