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Ralph Frederick Perkins Jr

Military

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170.

Awards: S, DFC, PH.

Service

People

  • Clarence Gooden

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned 343BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot B-24 42-41007 'Margie A Virgin', flew on 1-Aug-43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden,...

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Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 343rd Bomb Squadron

    343rd Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

  • 42-41007 'Margie A Virgin'

    B-24 Liberator
    Failed To Return - Lost on the Ploesti oil refinery raid, 1st Aug 1943, Pilot Clarence W Gooden, A/C was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former 'DOPEY' Crew: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry,...

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

  • Benina

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Marinette, WI, USA 31 December 1919

Son of Harry Ralph and Anna [Parthie] Perkins.

Enlisted Wausau, WI 18 October 1941

Wausau, Wisconsin

Assigned Benghazi, Libya 1943 – 1 August 1943

343rd BS, 98th BG, 9th AF.

Died Romania 1 August 1943

Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid, the B-24 was shot up pretty bad, and upon landing somewhere in Europe, caught fire with 6 members of the former DOPEY CREW: Gooden, Perkins, McNeil, Beaudry, Cox, and Cochrane, losing their lives." MACR 170.

Buried Forest Home Cemetery Marinette, Marinette County, WI 1948

Forest Home Cemetery
Marinette, Marinette County
Wisconsin, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2021 15:19:54 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952158
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/97279776/ralph-frederick-perkins

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2018 02:20:50 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

Received DFC for his actions on the 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti raid.

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2017 18:52:01 millebr Changes to middlename, nickname and unit associations
Sources

Arizona, County Marriages; Ancestry.com - Family Trees; Fold3.com

Date Contributor Update
16 April 2015 19:17:52 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://usaafdata.com / http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR 170 / http://www.findagrave.com

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