Preparation
  Sergeant Harold Purbrick  - No. 30 Operational Training Unit  
 

Sgt Harold Desmond Purbrick - RAFVR

 
 Sergeant Harold Purbrick was serving as on board Wellington DF 640-P when it departed Hixon on a night-circuit training exercise on April 26, 1944. On their first landing at 0134 hours the Wellington bounced rather badly and the crew attempted to go round again, but the aircraft failed to gain height and flew into a hill known locally as Weston Back, Stafford, two hundred and fifty feet above sea level. The aircraft burst into flames on impact among some trees, killing the entire crew.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Hometown

Age

F/O Norman Mousdell

RAFVR

Liverpool

29

Sgt Edward Macdonald

RAFVR

Cleator Moor, Cumbria

21

Sgt Harold Purbrick

RAFVR

Yatton Keynell,Wiltshire

19

 Sgt Harold Desmond Purbrick  was born on the 13th January 1925. He was the son of Albert and Ellen Rose Purbrick of Yatton Keynell, Wiltshire. When his father died in 1938 of appendicitis, Harold,known as "Deb" helped his mother out in their village shop and petrol filling station and also did the boot and shoe repairs for customers.  His brother Ted survived the war on HMS Wizard in the Pacific, being in Tokyo Bay for the surrender of the Japanese. Harold enlisted in the RAFVR on the 24th July 1943 and is buried in the churchyard at St. Margarets, Yatton Keynell, Wiltshire.

 
  Photo courtesy of Ted Purbrick, research by Linda Ibrom.