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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.