2/Lt. William Ralph Perez Jr.

(55th FGA)

2/Lt. William Ralph Perez Jr.

343rd FS - 23 April 1944 - January 1945

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CY-W (D. Silva)

Mission History

270 combat hours

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
213 16th August 1944 Zeitz (Blue 2)
227 05 September 1944 Stuttgart
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Score Detail 05 September 1944  Trainer destroyed (air) N/Goppingen
Notes 03 September 1921 - Born in Havana, Cuba.
His home of record was Washington, DC, although Nativity shown as Cuba on enlistment record.
Known as 'Bill' or ' The Cuban Ace'
Enlisted Army Serial Number  - 33320882
03 July 1942 - Enlisted in US Army
23 April 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
September 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
October 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal

25 November 1946 - Lt. Perez was killed in a crash in Maracay, Venezuela (whilst flying P-47D 45-49401)

Memories 'His claims included 5 trainers of the 16 that were destroyed by gunfire or crash landings on September 5, 1944.  There was much confusion over who did what on this mission and for some reason he was only credited with 1.' Frank Birtciel - July 2004
Additional Photographs Lt. Perez receiving the Air Medal from the 55th CO. Col. Crowell (F. Birtciel)

Lt. Perez sitting in the cockpit of his P-38 (F. Birtciel)

Lt. Perez's grave in Corozal, Panama (D. Silva)

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