John R. Purgason

John was one of the "greatest generation", volunteering for the Army in 1940.He served in World War II in the 8th Air Force at Deopham Green, England as a B-17 mechanic and assistant crew chief on planes such as "Old Outhouse" and the "Skonk Works", two highly decorated aircraft.His 3rd bombardment group received a presidential citation for the England to Africa Bombing Shuttle. He received an official commendation for exceptionally meritorious conduct, which made possible the record achieved by the B-17 bomber named "Richter's Reckers", entrusted to his care.







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