He enlisted in the USAAF in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on 31 March 1941. He completed flight instruction, earned his commission and wings, and was multi-engine rated. He was sent overseas to India. On 26 June 1944, a C-46, # 42-3682, assigned to 10th Air Force, Air Transport Command, advance airfield Station 7, departed the airfield at Sookerating, India, on a mission to Yunnayi, China. All of the crew were found dead in the crashed C-47A on an island in the Brahamaputra River (reported 7 July 1944), in India (flows from Himalayan lake through Assam, India, & Bangladesh, India, to Bay of Bengal) between Sookerating, India, and Shinbwiyang, Burma. A search had been conducted by the Sear & Rescue Squadron at the airfield at Chabua, India. After recovery from airfield cemetery in India, their remains were buried as a group of four caskets in grave sites 58-59-60, Nashville National Cemetery (Sec. MM, Graves 58-59-60), Madison, Tennessee, on 13 August 1949. The family placed a memorial marker in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sturgis, Michigan.

 

His brother, Guy C. Turner, born 17 May 1919, served in the USAAF, 3rd Air Force, 20th Combat Mapping Squadron, from 24 January 1942 (in Kalamazoo, Mich.) to his death on 30 March 1944 in the crash of a USAAF F-7A Liberator, # 42-64056 (B-24 photo reconnaissance) near Suisun, Solano Co., California; a Staff Sergeant (# 16045702), and is buried in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sturgis, Michigan.

 

His brother, Byron A. Turner, born 13 July 1910, twin of Myron J. Turner, served in the U.S. Army from 18 February 1943 to 13 December 1945. He died 20 January 1990 and is buried in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sturgis, Michigan.

Capt. Karl H. Turner

Guy C. Turner

Byron A. Turner