Summary of My Uncle Bob’s Mission over Berlin, Germany on March 6, 1944
PERKINS, ROBERT FRANCIS
Technical Sergeant: Serial Number 42-31869
#401 Hell and High Water (B-17 Bomber)
Mission on 06-March-1944
Target, Berlin (Erkner)
GERMANY. Ball Bearing Plant (The 91st Bomb Group lost 6 B-17s 8th Air Force lost 69 Heavy Bombers on March 6, also called “Black Tuesday.”
Robert Francis Perkins was my Dad’s brother. (Francis Joseph Perkins, Jr)
The remaining fliers on “Hell and High Water,” bailed out of the aircraft safely and landed on German soil where they were held in a prison until the end of World War II. Top Turret Gunner and Assistant Flight Engineer Perkins and Tail Gunner EG Zahler were killed in action on the mission.
Sergeants Perkins and Zahler are buried in the American Cemetery in the Ardennes, Belgium along with thousands of their Mighty Eighth Air Force buddies.
Today, soldiers from the Army of Belgium take meticulous care of the Perkins and Zahler grave sites.
“Lest we forget…”
Sergeants Perkins and Zahler are resting with their buddies from the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Belgium
“Lest We Forget.”