William R. Perkins was born on July 4, 1920. He was killed in action a few weeks before his 24th birthday in 1944 serving with the 354th Fighter Group.
He would have been 90 years old today.
Here is a scan of the letter his grandmother received telling her about the fate of her son. At this point he was still officially considered MIA. It would be several months until she learned that William was killed during this morning mission.
Please remember why we celebrate July 4th! (and Happy Birthday, Bill)