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Thomas Raymond Perkins

Military

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C hit by Fw190's, belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Post war: Died non Battle 6-Sep-45.

Service

People

  • Paul Casey

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 326BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down in B-17 42-29981 Plane ditched in North Sea. All crew rescued. 26-Jul-43. RTD Pilot of B-17 42-5801, lost on the Bochum mission, 12-Aug-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5801 'Flak Happy'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/2/43; Salina 27/2/43; Smoky Hill 31/3/43; Presque Is 14/4/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Earls Colne 22/4/43; 333BS Rougham 13/6/43; transferred 327BS/92BG [UX-J] Alconbury 28/7/43; Missing in Action Bochum (T/O), Ger 12/8/43 with Paul...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 81

    12 August 1943
    This mission is separated into two elements. The first element is a combined force of 183 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division: 91BG (22); 92BG (19); 303BG (20); 305BG (20); 306BG (20); 351BG (21); 379BG (21); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are dispatched to bomb...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

  • Stalag XVIIb

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Crittenden County, KY 2 February 1920

Son of George Elliott and Lottie Arvella G [Mosley] Perkins.

2-Feb-21 on grave marker. 2-Feb-1920 on MACR and draft registration.

Enlisted Evansville, IN 31 July 1942
Based Podington 1943 – 12 August 1943

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Belly landed POW 20 miles south of Rotterdam 12 August 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Bochum, Germany in B-17 42-5801 12-Aug-43; A/C hit by Fw190's, belly landed. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 656

Prisoner of War (POW) Krems-Gneikendorf, Austria 12 August 1943 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft XVIIIb.

Died 6 September 1945
Buried Mexico Baptist Cemetery, Marion, KY October 1945

Mexico Baptist Cemetery
Mexico,
Crittenden County, KY

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 23:13:58 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28600688
https://www.fold3.com/image/28600700
https://www.fold3.com/image/650191071
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=13&cat=WR26&t...
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/72414054/thomas-raymond-perkins

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 656 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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