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
Squadron: 795th
Squadron:
Location of Unit: Salina, KS; November or December 1943
Missions Flown:
Hump Missions: Numerous
Targets: Yawata, Mukden, Formosa, Singapore (photo recon), Singapor (bombing mission to sink floating dry dock) Rangoon, Bangkok, Tokyo, others
Awards: Burma-India-China Offensive, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross
Service Schools: 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
MOS: 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
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Date Discharged: October 31, 1945
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Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): General Motors Corp., 1945-1977.
Thoughts About the 58th:
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./div>
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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