DAVID PURDON, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

David Purdon '40

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: October 27, 1950

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:

Loss

David was lost in a crash of an AJ-1 Savage immediately following takeoff from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV 42) near Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The crash also killed another crewman. The bombardier/navigator was able to escape and was rescued.

There is a video of the incident:


Class of 1940

David is one of 89 members of the Class of 1940 in Memorial Hall.