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.

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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

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 and the audio-book narrated by Wayne Perkins will be coming out shortly on Audible, and iTunes.


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

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

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.

Gunnery School for B-24 Liberators

"Look at the Ducks!"
Top Turret Training at Flexible Gunnery School

Top Turret Training during World War II. Fran and the other gunners who ended up on the Daisy Mae began their gunnery training in Las Vegas. They learned how to shoot with ground training and then graduated to shooting drills at drones while flying high over the Nevada desert.

Sergeant Masters, who taught Perkins, Conley and Calhoun, trained over 600 airman how to fly and fight during the summer of 1942.

You can learn more about “Flexible Gunnery School,” in my book, the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae.


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.


Fran Perkins and Phil Stillings have lunch with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1943

Phil Stillings shown left and Fran Perkins shown right just before their meeting as guests of Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady in the Fall of 1943 on Oahu, HI

Phil Stillings and Fran Perkins getting ready to give War Bond speeches on Oahu. They are recovering from wounds and put on a detail to help Eleanor Roosevelt, our First Lady, raise money through the sale of War Bonds to civic groups around Oahu, Hawaii.

Fran is one of the eleven heroes from the Last Flight of the Daisy Mae.