Vincent Martin PURKISS


PURKISS, Vincent Martin

Service Number: 432972
Enlisted: 30 January 1943
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: 1 Service Flying Training School
Born: Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, 12 July 1924
Home Town: Armidale, Armidale Dumaresq, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft accident, Point Cook Aerodrome, Victoria, Australia, 13 September 1943, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Armidale High School WW2 In Memoriam Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 432972
30 Jan 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 1 Service Flying Training School

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Charles and Rita Victoria Purkiss of Armidale, NSW


Mid-air collision between RAAF Oxford training aircraft HN271 and AS615 over the Salt Lake to the north-east of Point Cook aerodrome, Victoria - aircrew killed:

Pilot of AS615 (no other crew) - Leading Aircraftman John Henry Friday 19923

Crew of HN271 - Leading Aircraftman Vincent Martin Purkiss 432972 & Leading Aircraftman Noel James Harper 430167