Sergeant Leonard Lucas PURVES

Service No: 405081
Born: Ipswich QLD, 11 December 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 May 1940
Unit: No. 113 Squadron (RAF), Landing Ground 116, Egypt
Died: Air Operations: (No. 113 Squadron Blenheim aircraft V5588), Libya, 12 December 1941, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Lucas Fred and Bessie Florrie Purves, of North Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Ipswich QLD
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Blenheim V5588 crashed at Giarabub, Libya, on 12th December 1941 during air operations and all the crew were killed.

The crew members of V5588 were:

Second Lieutenant Cedric N Summersgill (102077) (SAAF) (Pilot)
Flying Officer John Anthony Galvin (406104) (Observer)
Sergeant Leonard Lucas Purves (404081) (Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/153/17

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