42-3682           C46


On 26 June 1944, a Curtiss C-46 Commando, # 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 was conducted by the 1352nd AAF Base Unit Search & Rescue Squadron at the airfield at Chabua, India. The crew were:


                                                Pilot                             Capt. Karl Henning Turner                  0-796047

                                                Co-Pilot                       2ndLt Frank John Grimmer                 0-756549

                                                Crew Chief                  Cpl Walter (NMI) Heuer                     34247865

                                                Radio Operator            PFC George (NMI) Marich                 32422511


The next-of-kin were listed as:


                                               Turner             Katherine A. Turner, M, 303 ½ S. Monroe St, Sturgis, Mich.

                                               Grimmer          Celia C. Grimmer, M, 4110 W. 25th Plc, Chicago, IL

                                               Heuer              Carl Heuer, F, 2108 38th St, Tampa, FL

                                               Marich             Mary Marich, M, 676 Hancock St, Brooklyn, NY

TURNER, KARL HENNING, Captain, #0-796047, USAAF


Karl H. Turner was born 12 April 1917 in India to Raymond Clair Turner (1880-1964) (IN) and Katherine Ann (Leatherman) Turner (1884-1972) (IN) (married 17 November 1906, IN; divorced 21 December 1935, Mich.). Siblings included Raymond C. Turner Jr. (1907-2009), Myron Jacob Turner (1910-1981), Byron Alpheus Turner (1910-1990), Guy Chapman Turner (1919-1944).


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.