I was disappointed that no one at the reunion remembered Bill Perkins.
The main reason is that the 354th Fighter Group was made up of 3 Fighter Squadrons (353rd, 355th, and 356th). Bill was in the 356th Fighter Squad. During the war it was very rare that men from two different squadrons would know each other or hang out together.
No one who was in the 356th Fighter Squad attended this year's reunion.
As we began meeting the men at the reunion, we were very interested in their contributions to the war. I decided that it would be great to change the focus of the documentary to the ENTIRE 354th Fighter Group.
I think I will now use passages from Bill's diary as "guide-posts" for the documentary.
We were able to interview some of the men.