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OLIVER C. PERRY, JR.
World War II
Memories and Biography

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

May 28, 1991

Dear Will:

I have had two calls from friends of the 44th Logbook who read my article of the Cape Cod Special. A Sgt. Rialdo from New York City called and said he was also on the Cape Cod Special and was shot down on June 29, 1944. He also said only six airmen bailed out. They had 32 missions and wanted to know where we got the name for the plane. I explained we had the same crew chief, Lou Rebesa, of Falmouth, Mass. That is considered the "Cape" and he thought a second Cape Cod Special would be great seeing that I was from the Cape Cod area. I agreed, and on or about July 1st, there was another one in operation. He was a tail gunner and Rinaldo's phone number is (518)733-6423, if you care for any more information from him.

I haven't received a copy of that Logbook and wondered if you could send me one. Please...

I also heard from Paul Humphries, Rt. 3, Jay, OK. He was a gunner on the Cape Cod Special ... Paul has the diary of John Connelly of New Jersey and has been trying to contact John for over 40 years to no avail. Paul's telephone number (918-786-2709.

I am still looking for Robert Mann of Metheun, MA and plan to personally visit that area this summer to get to the bottom of this search, if possible.

Thanks for getting my article in the latest Logbook and I am looking forward to reading same. Thank you again.

Best of health,

Oliver Perry

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OLIVER C. PERRY, JR.
Bombardier
World War II
Memories and Biography
21 July 1944

(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)

630 Pleasant St.
Somerset, MA 02726

December 17, 1990

Dear Will:

Enjoy reading all the letters in the 44th Logbook.

I was with Lt. Butler's B24 The Cape Cod Special. We were in the 44th BG, 506th Squadron. We were shot down over Munich, 21 July 1944. At the 8th Air Force reunion, I met John Dowd, shot down the same day and he landed in Switzerland and spent a miserable six months as an internee before he returned to England. Bill A. Uvanni's version of Bob Mann (navigator) was right. I've spent 40 some years trying to get in touch with Bob Mann of Methuem, MA and have failed to date. I've located Butler in Baldwinsville, New York (pilot). John McKay navigator in Rolla MO and Paul Humphries of Jay, Oklahoma. Still looking for Jack Kincade, copilot, of Sacramento, CA, Leonard Eramo of New York, Jack Rasmussen, Engineer, Louis Deifer and John (Jack) Connelly of New Jersey.

We all spent the duration of the war at Barth Stalag Luft No. 1, liberated by the Russians.

I have several photos of our Cape Cod Special only in the unpainted version. I also have records of the POW camp and photos, etc. of same. If you are interested, I'll send them along if you think them interesting enough.

Very truly yours,

Oliver C. Perry, Jr.
Bombardier
 
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