James W. Turner

James Turner (left) and Chet LaBacz in Piardoba, 1944
James Turner (left) and Chet LaBacz in Piardoba, 1944
Recent Address: 1626 Meece Mill Road, Pickens, SC 29671
E-mail Address:
Family Info: Parents: William E. and Selena; Wife: Hazel; Son: Harold
Hometown: Pickens, SC
Date Entered Service: July 4, 1943
Service Number: 34651978
Bomb Group: 462nd
Squadron: 769th
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Location of Unit:
Missions Flown: 44
Hump Missions:
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Awards: Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Soldier's Medal, Presidential Unit Citation
Service Schools: AAFTS Chanute Field, IL - parachute rigger September 1943
MOS: MOS 620-Parachute Rigger and Repairman
Rank Upon Discharge: Sgt
Crew Type: 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
Where You a POW?:
POW Location:
Where You a Interned?:
Internment Location:
Date Transferred from the 58th:
Date Discharged: November 27, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Textiles, Handyman
Thoughts About the 58th: 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 (left) 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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