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James W. Turner
 
James Turner and Chet LaBacz in Piardoba, 1944
James Turner (left) and Chet LaBacz in Piardoba, 1944
 
Recent Address:   1626 Meece Mill Road, Pickens, SC 29671
 
Email:    
 
Family Information:   Parents: William E. and Selena; Wife: Hazel; Son: Harold
 
Hometown:   Pickens, SC
 
Date Entered Service:   July 4, 1943
 
Service Number:   34651978
 
Bomb Group:   462nd Bomb Group
 
Squadron:   769th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:    
 
Missions Flown:   44
 
Hump Missions Flown:    
 
Targets:    
 
Awards/Decorations:   Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Soldier's Medal, Presidential Unit Citation.
 
Service Schools Attended:   AAFTS Chanute Field, IL - parachute rigger September 1943
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 620-Parachute Rigger and Repairman
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   Sgt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew / Ground crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   Hoodlum House, 42-24475 Hoodlum House II, 42-63393 Rush Order, 42-24505 Wild Hair, Liberty Bell, 44-61555 Miss Judy, 42-24590 Celestial Princess, others
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   November 27, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Textiles, Handyman
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
When I volunteered for the Paratroops I knew I had stepped into it. Then when I found out this Bomber Group needed my services, I knew the Lord had given me a reprieve. Then I stepped out of the ship into India.
 
Comments:
My father is suffering from dementia now and I filled out this form as best I could for him. I know he flew on a mission to mine the Mekong River and crashed on a river in Burma when they ran out of gas. He was in the Yawata and Anshan raids. He flew in several "hump" missions -- Indo-China, China and Japan. He flew in four missions on B-24's.

 

Guy Staples  and Jim Turner in a shop in Asansol, India
Guy Staples (left) and Jim Turner in a shop in Asansol, India
 

 


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