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David Purdon, Jr. '40

Date of birth: September 7, 1916

Date of death: October 27, 1950

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

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.

Class of 1940

David is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.