DAVID PURDON, LCDR, USN
David Purdon '40
Date of birth: September 7, 1916
Date of death: October 27, 1950
From the 1940 Lucky Bag:
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:
Memorial Hall Error
David is listed in the Lucky Bag and other sources as a "Jr.;" this is omitted from Memorial Hall.