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Steven James Perri


Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.
Steve was the Ball Turret Gunner on George Birdsong’s Delta Rebel crew. Flew 25 missions on B-17 'Delta Rebel No 2'. First mission was 7-Nov-42. In July 1943, the town of Long Branch, NJ welcomed him home with a hero's welcome.

In later years, Steven became the 91st Bomb Group Memorial Association’s historian and editor of the "Ragged Irregular".

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.



  • George Birdsong

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions as pilot on 'Delta Rebel No2'. ...

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5077 Delta Rebel No. 2

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Tulsa 15 September 1942, arrived in Bangor, Northern Ireland 11 October 1942; Assigned to the 323 Bomb Squadron/ 91st Bomb Group [coded OR-T] at Bassingbourn on 15 October 1942. On 1 May 1943, Delta Rebel No. 2 became the first B-17 Flying Fortress...


  • VIII Bomber Command 16

    7 November 1942
    A combined bomber force of 56 B-17s are despatched by 91BG, 301BG and 306BG to bomb the U-Boat pens at Brest, France. This is the first mission flown by 91st Bomb Group. This element is joined by 12 B-24s from 93BG. To aide the attacking bomber force,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 39

    4 March 1943
    After several weather-caused aborted attempts in attacking the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, the 8th Air Force is finally successful in attacking this target. A total of 71 B-17s are despatched: 91BG (20); 303BG (18); 305BG (12) amd 306BG (21)....

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Asbury Park, New Jersey 19 January 1922

Son of James Perri.

Enlisted Newark, NJ 25 November 1941

Newark, New Jersey

Based Bassingbourn 7 November 1942

Assigned to 323BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died West Caldwell, New Jersey 13 January 2007

Formerly married to Dorothy (née Bradley) who is deceased. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Perri; his son, James Perri; two daughters, Lynn (Frank) Payer, and Kim Barney; four grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

Buried 2 April 2007

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Columbarium Court 9-N09 Column 6 Niche 3


Date Contributor Update
20 December 2021 11:37:26 Al_Skiff Changes to biography

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16 August 2021 01:20:10 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations

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22 June 2021 12:35:31 Emily Changes to biography

A complete biography of Perri can be found at James F Justin Museum website

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21 June 2021 08:11:26 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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20 June 2021 19:52:47 acbernstein1 Changes to nickname, biography and events

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17 November 2020 10:41:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events

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20 August 2020 21:09:29 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added punctuation to the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

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23 March 2017 17:55:50 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:25:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self