PERLA, JOHN, Technical Sergeant, # 12083902, USAAF
John Perla was born on 6 March 1921 in Bronx, New York, New York to Vincent J. Perla (1895-1956) (Italy) and Marie (Greieco) Perla (1899- ) (NY) (married 25 April 1920, Bronx, NY). Siblings were Frances (Perla) Cecalupo (1924- ), Anthony John Perla (1925-1998) and Vincent John Perla Jr. (1931-1999). His father was a shoe maker in 1930.
After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 12 January 1945 a B-24J, “Shootin’ Star,” # 42-73249, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 374th Bomb Squadron, Chengkung, China, departed the airfield at Luliang, China, on a combat reconnaissance mission over the South China Sea and the Indochina coast. The aircraft was presumedly lost at sea somewhere along the coast of China and French Indochina (Japanese occupied). He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His father, Vincent Perla, born 23 May 1895, served in the U.S. Army, a Private, during WWI, from 28 July 1917. He died on 15 February 1956 and is buried in the Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, NY.
His brother, Anthony J. Perla, born 13 November 1925, served in the U.S. Navy from 22 February 1944 to 22 May 1946. He died 27 April 1998.
His brother, Vincent J. Perla, born 11 March 1931, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 20 November 1951 to 5 November 1953. He died 8 November 1999 and is buried in the Saint Gertrudes Cemetery, Colonia, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.