Date of Birth: 13 April 1933 Date of Loss: 02 September 1963 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Home City of Record: Landsdowne Pennsylvania Crew Members: Neil McKinney and Raphael Cruz On September 2, 1963 Purcell, Mckinney and Cruz were flying aboard a B-26B aircraft on an air cover mission over Kontum Province, Vietnam. They were observed by their relief aircraft, but never returned to Da Nang Air Base. An extensive search and rescue effort failed to locate the missing aircraft. In 1992, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam repatriated to the United States human remains and identification media for Capt. Purcell and two of his crew members. The remains of these three servicemen were identified individually, and returned to their families. Capt. Purcell was buried by his mother on November 3, 1996. His mother has stated that she was astonished at the crowd that gathered for her son's belated funeral.
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