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Sgt Charles V Purpura
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Sgt Charles V Purpura Veteran

Birth
New York, USA
Death
6 Jan 1943 (aged 23–24)
At Sea
Monument
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot
Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID
56777263 View Source

Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 14, 1945.

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Charles served as a Sergeant & Gunner on B-24D #41-23773, 321st Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Marion County, Florida prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 7, 1941, prior to the war, at MacDill Field, Florida. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23773 took off from 5-Mile (Ward's Drome) on a search mission for B-17F #41-24458 that did not return from a previous mission. Brigadier General Kenneth N. Walker was an observer on that B-17.

B-24D #41-23773 also failed to return and was believed to have disappeared over the Solomon Sea area. The entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Charles was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 14025954

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Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23773:

Ball, Norval J ~ Pvt, Gunner, IN
Conway, John D ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IL
Cunningham, James M, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, OK
De Haven, Thomas J ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Everett, Edward B ~ Sgt, Engineer, VA
Hakeman, Lloyd N, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, IA
McGrath, Joseph D ~ Pfc, Tail Gunner, MA
Purpura, Charles V ~ Sgt, Gunner, FL
Rose, George M ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, UT
Speith, Harold L, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Nose Gunner, DC

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 14, 1945.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Charles served as a Sergeant & Gunner on B-24D #41-23773, 321st Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Marion County, Florida prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 7, 1941, prior to the war, at MacDill Field, Florida. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being Single, without dependents.

B-24D #41-23773 took off from 5-Mile (Ward's Drome) on a search mission for B-17F #41-24458 that did not return from a previous mission. Brigadier General Kenneth N. Walker was an observer on that B-17.

B-24D #41-23773 also failed to return and was believed to have disappeared over the Solomon Sea area. The entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Charles was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 14025954

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Airmen who perished on B-24D #41-23773:

Ball, Norval J ~ Pvt, Gunner, IN
Conway, John D ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, IL
Cunningham, James M, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, OK
De Haven, Thomas J ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Everett, Edward B ~ Sgt, Engineer, VA
Hakeman, Lloyd N, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, IA
McGrath, Joseph D ~ Pfc, Tail Gunner, MA
Purpura, Charles V ~ Sgt, Gunner, FL
Rose, George M ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, UT
Speith, Harold L, Jr ~ T/Sgt, Nose Gunner, DC

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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