44-49628         MACR 14769

 

On 17 July 1945 a C-109 Express Liberator (fuel transport varian of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49628, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, Assam Wing, India, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Hsinching, China. The aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, India, near Bismarknagar village, and the crew was killed. The crew was:

                                              Pilot                 1stLt Allen R. Turner                     0-806939

                                              Co-Pilot           2ndLt Frederick W. Langhorst       0-810387

                                              Radio Oper.     Cpl Robert L. McAdoo                  18082676

                                              Crew Chief      Pvt Joseph I. Natvik                       36816393

The next-of-kin were:

                               Turner             Eleanor M. Turner, W, 139 Davis Ave., Brookline, Mass.

                               Langhorst        Alice P. Langhorst, W, 87 Curtis Lane, Yonkers, NY

                               McAdoo          Marie McAdoo, M, Box 535, Overton, TX

                               Natvik             Johanna M. Natvik, M, 3248 Milwaukee St., Madison, Wisc.

 

TURNER, ALLEN ROBERT EATON, First Lieutenant, # 0-806939, USAAF

 

Allen R. E. Turner was born on 24 May 1920 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Robert Eaton Turner (1894-1947) and Esther Gertrude (Hines) Lothrop nee Hoernle nee Turner (1900-1967) (married Robert E. Turner on 1919, Winthrop, Mass.). The 1930 census for Boston, Massachusetts, shows Esther Gertrude Turner living with her mother, Catherine Anna (Herty) Hines (1864-    ) (widowed) and sister Anna I. (Hines) Curry (1898-1982), sister Florence F. (Hines) Tague (1901-1996), and her son, Allen Turner (1920-1945). The 1940 census shows him as a step-son of George Alexander Hoernie (1895-1949) (Boston, Mass.) (Mason, # 1921-6-28 – Saint Johns Lodge and Esther Gertrude (Hines) Lothrop nee Hoernle nee Turner (1900-1967). He had two half-sibling, Charles Norwood Turner (1928-1999) and Barbara Turner (1931-    ) from his father’s marriage to Mildred N. Cook (1900-1985). Allen R. Turner married Eleanor Mary (McLean) Turner in Montgomery Co., Alabama, on 17 October 1942.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Boston, Massachusetts, on 21 April 1942, while living in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. After enlisting, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was assigned to fly the B-24 Liberator (C-109 cargo – fuel - AVGAS - variant, the Express Liberator). He was multi-engine rated and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 17 July 1945 a C-109 Express Liberator (fuel transport varian of the B-24 Liberator), # 44-49628, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1330th AAF Base Unit, Assam Wing, India, departed the airfield at Jorhat, India, on a cargo mission through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to Hsinching, China. The aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh, India, near Bismarknagar village, and the crew was killed. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

 

His father, born 31 October 1894, served in the U.S. Army, Sergeant, during WWI. He died on 18 July 1947 and is buried in the Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall.