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Harry Purver navigator, Bomber Command Sqdn 77

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:58 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Harry J. Purver served as a volunteer navigator with Bomber Command Squadron 77 out of Full Sutton airfield in Yorkshire. His dog tags show he was Church of England, his service number 795994, and his service was in RAFVR.

His fellow aircrew came from the UK and across the Commonwealth (Canada, Australia, and New Zealand):

PILOT: F/L G. Norton D.F.C. (Distinguished Flying Cross)
NAV: F/O H.J. Purver
B/A: F/O F. Barlow
W/OP: W/O J.W.C. Summers
F/E: F/S J. Richards
M/U: W/O W. Wilcox
R/G: W/O J. Horrocks


2nd PILOT: F/O G. Green
2nd PILOT: F/O J. Roscorla

Although they didn't fly on 6 June 1944, they played a part in destroying the German railway supply lines.

All at the tender age of 22/23.


Item list and details

Photo of Harry Purver, his dog tags, his plane; Relevant page from his logbook; a photo of the flak; and the boys themselves.

Person the story/items relate to

Harry Purver

Person who shared the story/items

Caroline Yeo

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

My father

Type of submission

Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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