1Lt John M. Perritt

1Lt John M. Perritt

Birth
Arcadia, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 27 Sep 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot B - Row 19 - Grave 18
Memorial ID 56360253 · View Source
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USAAF WORLD WAR II
Pilot 2nd/Lt. John M. Perritt KIA
Hometown: Louisiana
Squadron: 323rd 91st Bomb Group
Service# O-795820
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

Target: Emden, Germany
Mission Date: 27-Sep-43
Serial Number: #42-29750
Aircraft Model B-17
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name: "Rebel's Revenge"
Location: North Sea off Langeoog Island.
Cause: Me109 Crew of 10 8MIA/KIA 2POW

"Rebel's Revenge" Crew
2nd/Lt. John M. Perritt Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Eugene V. Hill Co Pilot MIA/KIA
2nd/Lt. Frank O. Rolfe Navigator KIA
2nd/Lt. Richard F. Hull Bombardier POW
S/Sgt. William J. Golden Engineer MIA/KIA
T/Sgt. Edward J. Fetty Jr Radio Op. POW
S/Sgt. Harry L. Stokes Asst. Engineer MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Harry L. Stokes Asst. Engineer MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. James W. Sample Asst. Radio Op. MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Raymond H. Sell Gunner MIA/KIA
S/Sgt. Charles H. Oliverl Gunner MIA/KIA

Named 'Rebel's Revenge', shot down by the Me109G-6 of Unteroffizier Peter Reinhardt of 5./JG11, crashing into North Sea off Langeoog Island. Eight of the crew were killed, two were taken prisoner. The crew were : 2nd Lieutenant John M Perritt (Pilot - fate unknown), 2nd Lieutenant Eugene V Hill (Co-pilot - fate unknown), 2nd Lieutenant Frank O Rolfe (Navigator - fate unknown), 2nd Lieutenant Richard F Hull (Bombardier - fate unknown), Staff Sergeant William J Golden (Engineer - fate unknown), Technical Sergeant Harry L Stokes (Assistant Engineer - fate unknown), Technical Sergeant Edward J Fetty Jr (Radio Operator - fate unknown), Staff Sergeant James W Sample (Assistant Radio Operator - fate unknown), Staff Sergeant Raymond H Sell (Gunner - killed), Staff Sergeant Charles H Oliver (Gunner - fate unknown).

Update: At approximately 1010 hours, 24,000 feet, just after leaving the target, the airplane was seen with an engine on fire. It left the formation and was seen to drop its bombs. It was last seen heading down in a dive.
Two crew members survived the crash: 2nd Lt Richard F. Hull and T/Sgt Edgar G. Fetty and were taken prisoner. The bodies of two other crew members, 2nd Lt John M. Perritt and 2nd Lt Frank O. Rolfe, washed ashore and were initially interred at Langeoog Cemetery Duenenfriedhof.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Louisiana.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56360253
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt John M. Perritt (1 Oct 1920–27 Sep 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56360253, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .