WWII Veteran Reunite With Corsair

$28,100 of $28k goal

Raised by 83 people in 5 months
Michele Spry
on behalf of Jerry Wilkins
 COLUMBIA, MO
Hi my name is Michele Spry from Columbia, MO and I have written and just released my 2nd self-published children’s fiction book called “A Trip To Remember”! This book is about a World War II Marine Pilot  who gets to go on a Hero Tour. This book uses the character of Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy, who lives in Columbia, MO.

With the help of his family, we discovered Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy’s flight book from World War II. I began researching some of the aircraft he flew and found that one aircraft in particular was unique.  The F4U-1 Corsair identified as 17799 was removed from World War II and used in Hollywood as a movie prop. This Corsair has taken part in numerous air shows and flown in a variety of Hollywood productions. Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy flew this plane during WWII in combat on June 24, 1944 and again on July 3, 1944.

This F4U-1 Corsair is now a part of the collection at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California and is currently the oldest airworthy Corsair in the world. They have owned this aircraft since 1966 and have been unsuccessful in pairing this plane with a pilot until June 15, 2016 when documentation was shown that Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy was one of its pilots during World War II. After 50 years they have been able to link this aircraft and now give it proper recognition as a “combat veteran”.

As you know we are losing our World War II heroes at a rapid rate. We need your help to get this plane from Chino, California to Columbia, MO so that Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy can reunite with a plane that he flew in combat during World War II over 72 years ago! No matter what you can afford to donate it will go towards the travel expenses of flying this historic aircraft to Columbia, MO for this special reunion.

Once the funds have been raised we will update you on the FREE public event held in Columbia, MO so you too can see this historic aircraft and a veteran that flew it many years ago. For more information you can follow my Facebook page for the latest information: https://www.facebook.com/SPRYPublishing/

Any additional funds raised would go to this very special Corsair F4U-1A that is owned by Planes of Fame for whatever is needed to keep this beautiful warbird flying high!
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Update 7
Posted by Michele Spry
3 months ago
With your help I am proud to announce that together we raised the $28,000 goal that was needed to bring the Planes Of Fame Air Museum to Columbia, MO! I hope you will mark your calendars to come to our FREE public event held at Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday October, 15th! The event starts at 10:00 AM where you will get a chance to meet Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy and this 75 year old Corsair F4U-1A that he flew twice during World War II! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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Update 6
Posted by Michele Spry
3 months ago
I can't even express how much I appreciate all of you! The donations have been coming in all day and it's so exciting to see so much community support for Mr. Purdy! We are $1,995.00 away from our goal of $28,000 and it's because of your generosity that this is possible! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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Update 5
Posted by Michele Spry
3 months ago
Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy takes time to say thank you for the generous donations that have been received! As of this afternoon we have received $10,350.00 to go towards getting this Corsair F4U-1A from Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA to Columbia, MO! Every single dollar helps and let's show this wonderful veteran that we can make this happen!
Mr. Purdy thanks you all for $10,350.00!
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Update 4
Posted by Michele Spry
4 months ago
Yesterday I went to visit Mr. & Mrs. Purdy and told them we were up to almost $7,000 in donations - I can tell you that I loved seeing Mr. Purdy smile followed by "Can I help get this plane here?" I simply smiled and said "No Mr. Purdy - You've done enough so just let's see what our community can do for you!" He's so humble and so thankful to the money that has been raised so far.

It wasn't very long before he was ready to sign some books! With his pen in hand we got to work and every visit we sign books together! I truly value time I get to spend with Mr. & Mrs. Purdy!
Mr. Purdy signing books!
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$28,100 of $28k goal

Raised by 83 people in 5 months
Created August 20, 2016
Michele Spry  
on behalf of Jerry Wilkins
SR
$100
Susan Rodgers
3 months ago
2
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MY father was in WWII and my husband was career Army. They are both gone now so I send this in their memory to honor another veteran.

$1,520
Anonymous
3 months ago
4
4
SS
$25
Scott&Shannon Schaefer
3 months ago
1
1
$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
1
1
KO
$25
Kathryn Oberg-Roberts
3 months ago
$200
Cindy Novak-Delaurell
3 months ago
1
1

So happy this is happening! Thank you Michele and Planes of Fame!!!

$100
Thuy Do
3 months ago
2
2
OM
$5
Olivia McKee
3 months ago
$20
Joseph Smith
3 months ago
1
1

Honor to donate. Thanks Planes of fame too.

$1,000
Anonymous
3 months ago (Offline Donation)
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