Julian Arthur Harvey


Object Number - UPL 48384 - The B-24D, Hellsadroppin', 41-23723, in the 8th Air Force, the 93rd Bomb Group, and the 329th Bomb Squadron. The pilot of Hellsadroppin', who...

Capt. Julian A. Harvey
BIRTH : Mar 1, 1917 - Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA
DEATH : Nov 17, 1961 - age 44 - Miami, Dade County, Florida, USA
MEMORIAL ID: 106731967 · View Source

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

Harvey flew the B-24D, Hellsadroppin', on Operation Tidal Wave to Ploesti, Romania, and was forced to return to base during after suffering engine failure 35 minutes into the mission. Aug 1, 1943. 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 on bombing missions. He took part in 114 fighter - bomber missions during the Korean War. He was 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 November 12, 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 16, 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.


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Units served with

The insignia of the 93rd Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Hellsadroppin
  • Unit: 44th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Hellsadroppin II - Painted Virgin - You Cawnt Miss It - Checker Board
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 93rd Bomb Group 329th Bomb Squadron


  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...


Event Location Date Description


Scarsdale, New York 1 March 1917


Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana 15 August 1941


Miami, FL, USA 17 November 1961


Buried at Sea


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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.

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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

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