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.”
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.
Andre Rieu caps his dedication for the Allied Veterans with “Amazing Grace.”
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.
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
“Never underestimate the power of hope.”–Lt. Benjamin I. Weiss, Navigator, Daisy Mae, on July 24, 1943 in the air battle over Wake Island.
Welcome to Story 9: Terror on Tuesday from 1001 Bedtime Stories of World War II by Wayne Perkins. This story is taken from my book, The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae: A Story of Heroism and Hope at 17,000 Feet.
Now you can listen to the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae in Audio-book format Narrated by the Author Wayne Perkins
Molly Alphabet is joined by many female workers from a variety of backgrounds, building massive B-24 and PB4Y Bombers during World War II. This is the 7th Story of 1001 Bedtime Stories of World War II by Wayne Perkins the author of The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae.
Molly Alphabet works at the Consolidated Aircraft Manufacturing Plant in San Diego, California during World War II. Her job is to install gun harnesses in the massive B-24 Bombers that fight in every theater of World War II.