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  L-4 Grasshopper Serial Number ?  
75th Joint Assault
Signal Company
USAAF c1941
Pilot  Captain Otis Oscar Perkins, O-374949 (MIA / KIA) Lawrence, KS
Crashed  April 29, 1945
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Piper Aircraft. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as L-4 Grasshopper serial number unknown.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 75th Joint Assault Signal Company. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On April 29, 1945 took off piloted by Captain Otis Oscar Perkins on mission over Okinawa. His last words heard over the radio was "Here we go". When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Perkins was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He earned the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, posthumously. Perkins is memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on the courts of the missing. 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
World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Kansas, 1946 page 10
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
April 29, 2020


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