Fran’s home in the sky

The B-24 Ball Turret

The following video shows you SSGT Fran Perkins’ home in the sky, the B-24 Ball Turret. He was only 5’2 inches tall and about 118 pounds, and it was still a tight fit flying and fighting in the ball turret. Sitting between two powerful fifty caliber machine-guns, ball turret gunners needed to be strong, agile, and they needed perfect three dimensional eyesight. The video is from a perfectly restored B-24, the “J” version, which was a slightly newer model than the “D” version flown by Fran Perkins back in the Spring and Summer of 1943, during the missions of the Daisy Mae…

 

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“Never underestimate the power of hope.” Navigator Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss, the Daisy Mae on July 24th, 1943

 

Images from the Book: The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae

Ball-turret Gunner Francis "Fran" Perkins Resting before a new assignment
Ball-turret Gunner Francis “Fran” Perkins Resting before a new assignment

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Elaine kept track of where Fran traveled
The Back of Fran’s Picture. Elaine kept track of all of the locations and battle sites during World War II
Where's Fran #2
Elaine’ ┬áhand writing on the back of Fran’s picture showing where he was after Wake Island.

 

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