Friday, October 27, 2006

Chuck Tighe Interview

We interviewed Chuck Tighe, another P-51 Fighter Pilot, at his home. This is our first interview since we came back from Portland.

Chuck, his wife and his family were very nice and very helpful with our videotaping. He explained a lot of thing about the war that I did not know, especially things about flying the P-51.

The P-51 is considered by many historians to be the best fighter aircraft in World War II.

Monday, October 16, 2006

WW II Veterans That We Interviewed in Portland

A few weeks ago, we attended the 354th Fighter Group Reunion in Portland. We met and interviewed several men who served in the 353rd, 355th and 356th Fighter Squadrons of the 354th Fighter Group.

Thanks to the many people who were very kind in helping us out at the reunion. It was a once-in-a-lifetime event we will never forget.

Our documentary will incorporate Perkins' diary and new interviews with Col. A. W. Owen, Hugh A. Gibson, Lindy Genung, Nathan Glick, Dr. Clayton Kelly Gross, Ed Regis, Bruno Peters, James Hughes, Lowell K. Brueland, Ken Dahlberg, Bill Davis, Robert J. Ramer, Chuck Tighe and many others.

Our crew had a great time meeting these men who served during World War 2.

Friday, September 15, 2006

A WWII Fighter Group Reunion

My research led me to a great website - I found out from its webmaster(Daniel Carrizales) that every year the 354th Fighter Group has a reunion. This year it is in Oregon.

We are going to attend the 354th Fighter Group's reunion in Portland, Oregon. t. We will hopefully find some men who knew Bill Perkins in the war.

We plan on interviewing the men who knew Bill.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Angel from Hell

The photo is of William R. Perkins, also known as "Perk."

"Perk" served in the United States' 356th Fighter Squadron (which was a part of the 354th Fighter Group) in World War 2. His P-51 Mustang was named ANGEL FROM HELL. Although against the rules, he kept a very detailed diary from January 1 to June 12, 1944, the last six months of his life as a fighter pilot in World War II.

He crashed on June 13, 1944, a few days after D-Day near Notre Dame de Cenilly in France.

My mother was married to Gordon Perkins, Bill's older brother. Gordon kept Bill's diary after the war. My mother had told me about it and when I read it, I was inspired to produce a documentary about his life in the war.

If you have any information about William R. Perkins or knew him, please contact Jon Teboe at