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Francis Joseph Perkins (1923-2012) and two of his brothers enlisted in the Army Air Corp days after Pearl Harbor. This is a non- fiction story about Perkins written by his son, Wayne F. Perkins. Fran ended up in the Pacific Theater flying in the 42nd Squadron, 11th Bombardment Group (H). Fran became a ball turret gunner in a B-24 Liberator, The Daisy Mae. The Daisy Mae fought over the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Guadalcanal and Wake Island. For those who have read “Unbroken” by Hillenbrand, the Daisy Mae was the other plane in the search Y when the B-24 called The Green Hornet with Louis Zamperini as it’s bombardier went into the ocean.
The book is well researched and stays focused on the Perkins. The information about the women who installed the ball turret and guns was interesting. The note the lead installer put into each manual for the gunner can be classified as one of those little-known facts. Over all, the book was an interesting read and helps provide more information into the daily life of an airman in the pacific during World War II.
The book is just over nine hours long. The author was the narrator of his own book. This is an example of when a professional audiobook narrator should have been hired.
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