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Corran Purdon back in St Nazaire in 2012.<br />
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One of the last hero's of the 'Greatest Raid of All' - the British operation to blow up the Nazi dry dock at St Nazaire - has died.<br />
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Major General Corran Purdon played a leading role in the audacious World War Two mission in which a ship full of explosives was rammed into the heavily-defended dock gates at the French port.<br />
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After the collision about 100 commandos, including Maj Gen Purdon, poured off the crashed ship and stormed and destroyed numerous dockside buildings.<br />
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The war veteran passed away at his home in Devizes, Wilts, aged 97.