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Anthony P Perroni


Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #42-3216 JD-S, 'The Joker.' Killed in Action (KIA). Missing Air crew Report #841.
Earlier, on 10 October 1943 in B17#42-29557 'Yankee Girl' returning from a mission, struck a hanger at RAF Desford.


Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29557 Yankee Gal

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 4/1/43; Salina 12/1/43; Homestead 1/2/43; Morrison 9/2/43; Assigned 366BS/305BG [KY-O] Chelveston 10/2/43; transferred 547BS/384BG [SO-S] Grafton Underwood 20/9/43; battle damaged Munster 10/10/43, with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott,...

  • 42-3216 The Joker

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Dow Fd 13/5/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 29/5/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Bill Kopf, Co-pilot: Alf Scott, Navigator: Toscha Massey, Ball turret gunner: Clyde Smith, Waist gunner: Leroy...


  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Massachusetts, USA 1919
Enlisted Providence, RI, USA 15 July 1942

Residence: Bristol County, Rhode Island
Private, Branch Immaterial

Assigned Grafton Underwood, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14, UK 19 September 1943

Assigned to the 384th Bombardment Group, 547th Bombardment Squadron on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #99 dated 19 September 1943, William E. Kopf Crew. Four combat missions.

Died 3650 Dilsen, Belgium 14 October 1943

Damaged by enemy aircraft; exploded and crashed near Dilsen, Belgium; Missing Air Crew Report #841.


Plot E Row 42 Grave 27


Date Contributor Update
23 November 2016 10:02:51 Lucy May Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 22:39:19 bombercommand Changes to biography, awards, events and media associations

2016-02-10 Information consolidated from these duplicate files:

Date Contributor Update
29 May 2015 01:15:01 bombercommand Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:51 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 841, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p p. 327, 336 ,