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Story 10: Thanksgiving Weekend 1942 from 1001 Bedtime Stories of World War II

Thanksgiving Weekend 1942 from 1001 Bedtime Stories of World War II

After Molly had such a terrible Tuesday, she now looks forward to the Thanksgiving Weekend away from the Consolidated B-24 Plant in San Diego and spending the time with her family at Balboa Park.

 
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This is the true story of the actions and bravery of 11 heroes flying the B-24 Bomber, The Daisy Mae in the Central Pacific and South Pacific during World War II in the Pacific.

 

Story 9 Terror on Tuesday: 1001 Bed time Stories of World War 2

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.

 

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Listen to the author, Wayne Perkins read every word of the book in the way the book was intended to be read!

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This is the true story of the actions and bravery of 11 heroes flying the B-24 Bomber, The Daisy Mae in the Central Pacific and South Pacific during World War II in the Pacific.

 

Molly’s Work Day at the B-24 Plant in World War II

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.

1001 Bed Time Stories of World War II


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1001 Bed Time Stories of World War II
By Wayne Perkins Author/Voice Actor

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

A New Ship in April of 1943

On April 3, 1943, Fran and the other gunners, are picked up at Davis-Monthan Airfield in Tucson, Arizona and depart to Hawaii for their  very first mission. This is their very first bomber. It is called Thumper. The ten-man bomber crew had been training since July and finally, they will be hurled into World War II.

Lt. George Smith and Thumper II after an accident in June of 1943

Their new bomber with that brand new bomber smell, flies the guys from Arizona to Kualoa Airfield in Hawaii on April, 3, 1943. After the crew deplanes at 5 PM, a new crew gets on board Thumper for a defensive patrol around the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after take off, the second crew loses radio contact with the control tower.

The crew and the wreckage of Thumper, are never found. Fran Perkins and the other guys learn quickly that even in non-combat roles, men are lost. A sickening feeling takes over the crew. In silent tribute to the relief crew on Thumper, they never mention her again.

Shown in the picture is “Thumper II,” in June of 1943. It crashed upon take off at the same Kualoa Airfield, where Thumper I was lost.

Read the whole story in The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae.

 

Two Heroes and Eleanor Roosevelt in 1943

Eleanor Roosevelt with two heroes from the Daisy Mae
First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, surprising wounded warriors Fran Perkins and Robert Patterson for their heroics aboard the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae

The First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt surprise Ball Turret Gunner Fran Perkins shown in dark glasses and Radio Man Robert Patterson, by congratulating them on their heroism during the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae. The First Lady is autographing dollar bills along with the remarks, “Congratulations Sergeant Francis Perkins for shooting down four Jap Zeros, two confirmed and two probable,  on July 24, 1943. Sincerely, Eleanor Roosevelt”

This is just a few days after Fran Perkins received miraculous eye surgery from an Australian eye surgeon stationed at Hawaiian General Hospital. Fran’s buddy, Robert Patterson is also helping Fran walk, getting use to walking and moving about with only one good eye.

Robert Patterson, in spite of of being wounded with “hunks of metal sticking out of his legs,” was able to restore the damaged radio and transmit Morse Code to Midway Island, to alert the airfield that the Daisy Mae was still flying out there somewhere and preparing to land on Midway or ditch at sea. Patterson’s message said “Big Girl Coming Home. Big Girl Coming Home.” All personnel working in the control tower at Midway knew exactly what that message meant.

Midway Island prepared for the worst and had every able bodied soldier sailor and marine alert and ready to stand by the airfield to help extracting the wounded and dying aboard the severely damaged Daisy Mae

The Daisy Mae, herself had tricks up her sleeve to assist Pilot Joe Gall, and Co-pilot John Van Horn in a bizarre but safe landing. Over 800 bullet and cannon holes would be counted by the surviving crew and sailors the following day.

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11 heroes stand up against overwhelming odds on July 24, 1943