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Lucian L. Turk
 
Lucian Turk, WWII
Lucian Turk, WWII
 
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Hometown:   LaGrange, IL
 
Date Entered Service:   January, 1943
 
Service Number:   0865207
 
Bomb Group:   468th bomb group
 
Squadron:   795th Bomb Squadron
 
Location of Unit:   Salina, KS; November or December 1943
 
Missions Flown:    
 
Hump Missions Flown:   Numerous
 
Targets:   Yawata, Mukden, Formosa, Singapore (photo recon), Singapor (bombing mission to sink floating dry dock) Rangoon, Bangkok, Tokyo, others
 
Awards/Decorations:   Burma-India-China Offensive, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross
 
Service Schools Attended:   Engr. Cadet - Boca Raton, FL Jan-Mar 1943; Engr. Cadet - Yale University Mar-Jul 1943; B-29 School - Lowry Field, Denver, CO Aug-Nov 1943
 
Military Specialty(ies):   MOS 1028-Aircraft Observer, Flight Engineer (VHB),
 
Rank Upon Discharge:   1st Lt.
 
Crew Type:   Flight crew
 
Airplane Serial No.& Name:   42-24542 Lady Hamilton II
 
Were you a POW?   No
 
Were you interned?   No
 
Date Transferred from the 58th:    
 
Date Discharged from the 58th:   October 31, 1945
 
Post-WWII Military Service:    
 
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
General Motors Corp., 1945-1977.
 
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I'm proud to have been a part of the introduction of the B-29 plane which was the first supercharged, pressurized plane that could fly at 35,000 feet. We had some problems but were able to solve them and keep flying. The valve guides in the R-3350 engine were the weak link and in the beginning we were lucky to get 50 flying hours out of an engine, but gradually it inched up to 250 hours, a far cry from the advertised 500 hours of engine life.

My combat experience was in India and from the advanced base in China. Our plane, #542, flew the photo recon flight from Calcutta to Singapore to locate the huge floating dry dock the Japanese captured when they took Singapore.

It's hard to believe that we were able to do the things we did with the untried, untested B-29. We finished what we set out to do!
 
Comments:
To be truthful, I seldom think of those days in 1944 and 1945 over in India, but it's a little like, "I wouldn't take a million dollars for those experiences." But likewise, "I wouldn't do it again for a million dollars."

 

Crew of the Lady Hamilton
Crew of the Lady Hamilton

 

Lucian and Shirley Turk
Lucian and Shirley Turk

 


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