Remembering My “Uncle Bob” who was killed in action on March 6, 1944

Robert Perkins standing on the far left and DG Zahler standing on far right were killed in action on March 6, 1944
Crew members of “Hell and High Water,” on March 6, 1944

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

(2 KIA)

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…”

 

 

They were assigned to the 91st Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force

 

Close up of my Uncle Bob at his base in England in 1944. I was born four years after Uncle Bob, died, but he still is my “favorite Uncle.”

 

Sergeants Perkins and Zahler are resting with their buddies from the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Belgium

“Lest We Forget.”

 

 

 

Allied Veterans Receive Thanks from Andre Rieu

In Chapter 17 of the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae: A Story of Heroism and Hope at 17,000 Feet, I tell the story of two Dutch airmen, who were trained by my Dad, Francis J. Perkins Jr. after he was wounded on his last mission in the Central Pacific in 1943.

Dutch airmen were sent to gunnery school in Jackson and Fran Perkins took young Ferdi and Van Geehm under his wing.

I wish Ferdi and Van Geehm were still alive to have participated in Andre’s concert for the Allied Veterans.

Also, I hope you enjoy the short series of videos, by Andre Rieu. Andre  hosting 3000 Veterans in the Netherlands to celebrate the liberation by allied forces in 1944. Little is told in America about the appreciation held by many who were not even born yet in the German occupied, Netherlands from 1940 to 1945.

 

Next Andre features an American who helped liberate his city from the Germans in 1944. Also you will view a collection of restored World War II vehicles that Andre’s son is working on. “Lest We Forget.”

 

 
Clip 3 by Andre Rieu includes a tribute of the Andrews Sisters Music that helped inspire Allied troops during World War II. Andre’ orchestra plays by Dad’s favorite, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.”

Clip 4
Andre meets with 99 year old Dame Vera Lynn at her home in England. Her music inspired so many Allied troops during World War II. Also is a tribute to Glenn Miller who lost his life during World War II while flying to entertain the troops.

Clip 5
Andre Rieu caps his dedication for the Allied Veterans with “Amazing Grace.”

A true story of Thanksgiving for free on Kindle right now

This is a true story of Thanksgiving for 11 heroes aboard the Daisy Mae on its last flight in 1943. Read today on free Kindle Apps and on any computer or smartphone.

The Daisy Mae is the hero on the sand on July 24, 1943
The Daisy Mae as she miraculously stopped just short of the shark infested waters. Marines and sailors are counting more than 800 bullet and cannon holes. This is the Eastern Island of Midway on July 24,1943

This is a book about heroism and hope at 17,000 feet. You will find that the heroism and hope was paid forward by these 11 brave men representing thousands of descendants who have never read or heard the story. The book is based on a true story of a little publicized bombing mission over Wake Island on July 24, 1943 during the darkest hours of World War II.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with the 11 brave heroes and their descendants…

Book recommended in the November-December Issue of VFW Magazine

The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae: A Story of Heroism and Hope at 17,000 Feet is recommended in the Book Corner Section of the November-December Issue 2017 of  VFW Magazine

“It is an honor and I know my Dad and the other ten crewman that gave everything that had under impossible odds to fight for each other and trade their lives so that their buddies could live, would appreciate the recognition.” Wayne F. Perkins Author/Narrator/Producer

The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae: A Story of Heroism and Hope at 17,000 Feet

“Never underestimate the power of hope.”–Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss, Navigator, Daisy Mae, on July 24, 1943 in the air battle over Wake Island.

Read The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae Free this Weekend

The Daisy Mae is down and out on July 24, 1943

Read the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae for free this weekend starting today! It is available using the free Kindle App for smartphones, computers and of course Kindle Devices, from Amazon.com

Read about how 11 men risked their lives for each other on July 24, 1943.

Wayne Perkins will be narrating the Legend of Brushy Bill Roberts

Sixty-eight years after the death of the most infamous gunfighter of the old West, an elderly man, named “Brushy” Bill Roberts, came into town telling an amazing tale, claiming that he was “Billy the Kid.”

Brian Lee Tucker, a wonderful  “True Crime Writer,” in his book, The Legend of Brushy Bill Roberts: A Wild West Love Story, will have you wondering, could this man really be the legendary “Billy The Kid?”

Wayne F. Perkins, Narrator and Audio-book Producer will add the voice to Brushy Bill and his friends as he tells his tale to Probate Investigator William V. Morrison in June of 1949.

The book right now is available at Amazon.com and the audio-book narrated by Wayne Perkins will be coming out shortly on Amazon.com Audible, and iTunes.

 

New Book About Korean DMZ War Coming Out Shortly by Bob Kern

Award Winning Author Bob Kern’s new book available soon on Amazon.com

New DMZ Book Features Pictures from 50 Years Ago.

Award winning Author, Bob Kern has caught the essence of what it was like for soldiers patrolling and manning positions along the Korean DMZ,  fifty years ago during the “DMZ War.

Chapter Two features the story told by Daisy Mae author Wayne Perkins as well as many of the pictures featured in the video.

Wayne and his buddy Mel Law from California, stood on a hill with an Infrared Search Light becoming the night time eyes for several American troops below them along the DMZ fence line. You can see Wayne’s shadow if you look closely taking a picture of the sand bagged position he and Mel manned from September to December of 1967. In the picture you will see the area the searchlight jeep parked each night when Wayne and Mel stood watch, looking out at the dangerous Korean DMZ.

Bob Kern’s book We Were Soldiers Too: The DMZ Conflict, The Second Korean War has many stories told by the men who were there a half century ago.

“Mel and I stood on the last American position on the Korean DMZ.

“Fifty years ago, Mel and I stood on a hill.

We stood for freedom…”

 

Daisy Mae Author Wayne Perkins contributes to Bob Kern’s “The DMZ Conflict”

Award Winning Author Bob Kern’s new book available soon on Amazon.com

Award Winning Author Bob Kern, who specializes on writing books on the Cold War, will be releasing a new book, We Were Soldiers Too: The DMZ Conflict: The Second Korean War.
This book includes Author Wayne Perkins and other soldier’s first hand accounts of action during the time period many military historians call the DMZ War, or the Second Korean War.

I will keep you up to date as soon as it is available.

A Story of Heroism and Hope at 17,000 Feet