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Lieut Ralph F. Perkins, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 31, 1919
Marinette
Marinette County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1943
Ploiesti
Prahova, Romania

Son of Harry Ralph Perkins and Anna Parthie Perkins
Husband of Clara Mortensen

Navigator 2nd/Lt. Ralph F. Perkins Jr.  SS DFC MIA/KIA
Hometown: Weslaco, Tex.(wife's hometown)
Squadron: 343rd 98th BOMB GROUP,
Service # O-667422Awards: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Pilot 1st./Lt Clarence Winford Gooden , DFC KIAMissing Air Crew Report DetailsUSAAF MACR#:Target: White IV. PloestiDate Lost: 1-AUG-43Serial Number:42-41007Aircraft Model B-24DAircraft Letter:Aircraft Name: MARGIECause: FlackLocation: Seen to crash in the refineries area 8KIA,

Lt. Perkins lost his life in " Operation Tidal Wave " one of the most daring raids of WW2. Coming in at tree top level the The 98th earns Presidential Unit Citation. Lt. Perkins was awarded the Silver Star, for valor. ( This is an assumption since the other officers from this crew who appear ABMC were awarded the SS.
Piloted by 1st Lt. Clarence W. Gooden and crew. Briefed to fly in the 3rd wave and attack White IV. B24MARGIE was hit by flack and seen to crash in the refineries area. Co Pilot and Engineer escaped from the crash area and were taken POW. 8 Crew KIA and 5 bodies never identified.
Lt. Perkins was awarded the Silver Star for Valor.The Silver Star is the 2nd highest US military award.

 
 
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 Parents:
  (Harry) Ralph Perkins (1892 - 1975)
  Anna Parthie Perkins (1893 - 1926)
 
 Spouse:
  Clara Mortensen McKnight (1922 - 2008)
 
 Siblings:
  Earl Perkins (1918 - 1919)*
  Lorraine Perkins Parczick (1918 - 1954)*
  Ralph F. Perkins (1919 - 1943)
  Donald Carl Perkins (1921 - 2000)*
  Shirley Perkins (1926 - 1927)*
  Forrest W. Perkins (1932 - 2014)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Forest Home Cemetery
Marinette
Marinette County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: Donna/Tony
Record added: Sep 17, 2012
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Lieut Ralph F. Perkins, Jr
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Lieut Ralph F. Perkins, Jr
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Lieut Ralph F. Perkins, Jr
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