RUSSELL, ALPHONSE CLOVICE, First Sergeant, # 34100484, U.S. Army
Alphonse C. Russell was born on 10 February 1917 in Mobile Alabama, to Henry Lee Russell (1895-1918) and Hattie Rogenia (Smith) Turner nee Russell (1897- ) (married 29 April 1915, Mobile, Alabama) (widowed in 1920). Siblings included Henry Lee Russell Jr. (1917-1956), Herbert H. Russell (1918-1970), James D. Turner (1927-2003), Julius Fredrick Turner (1927-1994), Horace R. Turner (1929-2007). Rudolph Turner (1936-1963) and another brother and two sisters.
He registered for the WW II draft on 16 October 1940 and described himself as 5’3”, 129 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on 4 April 1941. He was sent overseas. On 19 August 1944, a C-47A, # 43-30640, assigned to 10th Air Force, 443rd Troop Carrier Group, 2nd Troop Carrier Squadron, departed the airfield at Shingbwiyang, Burma, on an air supply mission with passengers to the airfield at Myitkyina, Burma. It was last near Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, at about 0633 hrs. The C-47 crashed and all aboard were killed. He was a passenger and is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.
His half-brother, James D. Turner Jr., born 1 January 1927, served in the U.S. Army, a Private, from 8 May 1945 to 30 January 1946. He died 22 November 2003 and is buried in the Whispering Pines Cemetery, Eight Mile, Alabama.