Walla Walla, WA (near) Bomber Crashes, Feb 1943


Walla Walla, Wash., Feb. 16. (AP) -- All 10 crewmen of a heavy Army bomber which crashed last Thursday in the Blue mountains 17 miles east of here were found dead today, First Lieut. JESSE C. BEESLEY, public relations officer, announced tonight.
Members of the crew were:
LT. JOHN T. RAY, Klamath Falls, Ore.
LT. RICHARD H. REED, temporarily residing in Walla Walla.
Lt. DAVID T. DUNNING, Madisonville, Ky.
Lt. HANS N. LEHNE, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Sgt. ALEXANDER DEC, Buffalo, N.Y.
Sgt. LLOYD L. BALL, Huntington Park, Calif.
Sgt. MILTON D. JOHNSON, Midland, Texas.
Sgt. C. W. SEIFER, JR., San Jose, Calif.
Sgt. JOSEPH F. PERKINS, Fort Worth, Texas.
Sgt. WILMER C. FRANKHAVEL, Barnesville, Minn.
A ground searching party which left for the wreckage scene Sunday after civil air patrol planes sighted the broken plane reached the site today and signalled its findings to an Army plane flying overhead.

Morning Avalanche Lubbock Texas 1943-02-17


B-17 crash near WW with your brother on board

I have the official military report of that crash if you want it.

Walla Walla, WA (near) Bomber Crashes, Feb 1943

My oldest brother, Joe Perkins, Staff Sgt was on that plane that crashed. I was the youngest of our family, at the time just had turned 5 years old. Joe had just turned 20 in January when he, along with the other nine, were killed in February, 1943. My parents, especially my Mother, were devastated. Our story is in a book "Texans touched by WW2."

David Perkins
Fort Worth, Texas