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US Army
75th Joint Assault
Signal Company

Pilot  Captain Otis Perkins, O-374949 (MIA / KIA) Lawrence, KS
Crashed  April 29, 1945

Pilot History
Perkins was born in Lawrence, Kanas. On December 7, 1941 he was stationed at Hickam Field. Later, he flew with 75th Joint Assault Signal Company, Army Air Force in New Guinea, Philippines, Saipan, Leyte and Iwo Jima.

On Okinawa, Otis flew unarmed Piper Cubs as a "bird-dog" spotting enemy troop concentrations for U. S. Army artillery. He also volunteered for missions over enemy territory, dropping leaflets assuring the Okinawan populace that it was safe to surrender to American troops. U.S. pilots refused to wear parachutes flying missions over Okinawa, as it was Japanese practice to behead captured pilots.

Aircraft History
Built by Piper. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 75th Joint Assault Signal Company. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 29, 1945 took off on mission on Okinawa. His last words heard over the radio was "Here we go". When he failed to return, he was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Perkins was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the courts of the missing Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl). He also has a memorial marker at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jeff Myers (great-nephew)

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Otis O. Perkins
FindAGrave - Capt Otis Oscar Perkins (photo, tablets of the missing photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Otis Oscar Perkins (memorial marker photo)

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Last Updated
July 1, 2019


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