Category Archives: Family

Cabin in the Sky on Memorial Day

Crew from Cabin in the Sky
Crew from Cabin in the Sky

The crew of Cabin in the Sky shown here died when their ship was shot down during the Wake Island Raid on July 24th, 1943. They were the ship directly behind the Daisy Mae. One of the gunners shot an attacking Zero, and the Zero veered off course into one of the B24’s twin rudders sending both planes to the sea.

Daisy Mae tail gunner, Earl Conley watched as Cabin in the Sky spiraled down toward the Pacific 17,000 fee below. No one bailed out of the aircraft as each man knew that if he reached the ocean alive, the Japanese would capture and torture each man before killing him.

Conley watched all of their guns firing toward the swarming  Zeros firing at the Daisy Mae and the remaining four bombers, even as each man knew he was spiraling down to his death. The heroes on Cabin in the Sky went above and beyond their call of duty.

It was only a month earlier, when Conley, Ambur, Perkins, Storts and the rest of the crew of the Daisy Mae were flying Cabin in the Sky on a submarine patrol off the shore of Hawaii.

The men were friends and brothers…

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Last Rites for the Daisy Mae

Lt. Myron Jensen, Bombardier and SGT Joseph "Pop" Evans, before the surviving crew of the Daisy Mae
Lt. Myron Jensen, Bombardier and SGT Joseph “Pop” Evans, before the surviving crew of the Daisy Mae

Lt. Myron Jensen, Bombardier, and Staff Sergeant Joseph, “Pop” Evans Photographer, are covered by the American Flag. Their lives are honored before burial sea, on July 25, 1943, after their bombing mission over Wake Island a day earlier. Wounded Fran Perkins, Ball turret Gunner and Robert Patterson, Radioman/waist gunner, are in surgery for wounds at Hawaiian General Hospital. They survive their wounds, and never forget the sacrifices made by Jensen and Evans during the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae

Soldiers of the Soil from World War II

Soldiers of the Soil…The Life of a Farmer During World War II

 

Farmers played a huge role in winning World War II. They had to feed America and they alone were responsible for feeding the World when the War ended.

This short movie produced by DuPont gives you the idea of the challenges farm families had to overcome to bring us to victory…

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Heroes working on farms during World War II

Farm Boy and Farm Girl Heroes from Northern Illinois in World War II

In Chapter 3, of my new book The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae,  I point out that the eleven handsome fly boys in their B-24 were only a small part of a united team at home. Chapter 3 takes place in Northern Illinois and the following thirty minute movie shows you the farmers and their crucial work, not only feeding the country but also feeding the world.

You witness how these brave men, women, and children adapt to the conditions and do remarkable work. This video takes place on farms familiar to me and my family in Northern Illinois…

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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

Click here for the image page showing larger images for the book, The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae: A Story of Heroism and Hope at 17,000 Feet…by Wayne F. Perkins

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’  hand writing on the back of Fran’s picture showing where he was after Wake Island.

 

Click here for the image page for the book, The Last Flight of the Daisy Mae: A Story of Heroism and Hope at 17,000 Feet

 

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