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Julian Arthur Harvey


Before enlisting in the Air Force, Harvey worked as a model for the John Roberts Powers Agency

Harvey was forced to return to base during Operation Tidal Wave (Ploesti Raid) on 1 August 1943 after suffering engine trouble 35 minutes into the mission. He flew a total of 29 combat missions with the 93rd Bomb Group.

Harvey remained in the Air Force after the war, qualifying to fly fighter aircraft. He took part in 114 fighter missions during the Korean War. He medically discharged from the Air Force in 1958 with the rank of Major.

In 1949 Harvey's then second wife and mother-in-law were killed in a car accident where he was the driver. He had somehow managed to exit the vehicle before it skidded over a bridge into the river, and walked away from the crash uninjured. Harvey collected a generous insurance payout from this accident, along with the sinking of two of his boats under suspicious circumstances.

In November 1961 Harvey and his sixth wife (Mary Dene) were crewing a sailing craft 'Bluebelle' from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas for the Duperrault family. On the return voyage on 12 November 1961 Harvey murdered his wife, Dr and Mrs Duperrault and two of their children, before scuttling the vessel. The Duperrault's daughter Terry Jo was left aboard while he escaped.

Harvey was picked up by the coast guard with body of the Duperrault's youngest daughter, 12 hours later, and claimed the boat had been destroyed in a storm. Though he later told a close friend that had 'lost his nerve' after the mast broke and abandoned ship, leaving the family to die. Harvey was attending a hearing over the sinking of the 'Bluebelle' when on 16 November 1961 Terry Jo was rescued, having drifted aboard a life raft for three days.

After being informed of her rescue, Harvey left the hearing, checked into a motel under an assumed name, and committed suicide by cutting his wrists, legs and throat with a razor.


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron



  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57 B...


Event Location Date
Born Scarsdale, New York 1 March 1917
Enlisted Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana 15 August 1941
Died Miami, FL, USA 17 November 1961

Buried at Sea


Date Contributor Update
12 August 2020 00:58:58 decwriter Changes to service number and awards

NARA files verified DFC for WW II. He received one oak leaf cluster to the DFC in 1953 by HQ Fifth Air Force. He was awarded the AM w/5 oak leaf clusters during WW II. He received the 6th oak leaf cluster in 1952 and 7th and 8th oak leaf clusters to the Air Medal in 1953 by HQ Fifth Air Force.

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2018 13:17:17 Emily Changes to middlename, biography, events and mission associations

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The Bluebelle (ship) at Wikipedia

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12 November 2016 06:05:20 fugari Changes to biography


Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:38 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Dugan & Stewart 'Ploesti', Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 45