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Walter F Perra

Military

Shot down and KIA by flak on June 15, 1944 while strafing near Les Corves, France in P-38J s/n 42-104067 ''Little Bug''. Not identified until 11 Nov 1944 when the mayor of Vernonillet gave the ID number and name of the plane to a group of 11 American soldiers who took part in an Armistice day celebration at the village. The grave had been kept by villagers all that time.

Service

Units served with

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 77th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-104067 Little Bug

    P-38 Lightning
    Assigned to 1Lt Irwin Fernandes 77th FS. When lost was flown by 2Lt Walter Perra 77th FS.

Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Died France 15 June 1944 – 15 June 1944

Shot down by flak near Les Corves, France.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 March 2022 21:44:33 fugari Changes to role
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corrected removed mos

Date Contributor Update
11 February 2022 21:13:16 jmoore43 Changes to role
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Removed extra info in the "Role/job" field.

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2017 23:10:45 fugari Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards, events, place associations and media associations
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JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:52 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5734 / MACR 5734, King's Cliffe Memorial Edition, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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