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Calvin Glenn Turkington

Military

alvin G. Turkington was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1914. His parents were David G. and Vernetta Z. Turkington. The Us Census 1930 shows the family in Chadron, Nebraska while the US Census 1940 has them living in Chicago. Turkington's next of kin is registered as Marie K. Jacob Turkington (wife) of Chicago.
Turkington was inducted into the military service in 1942, and was trained as an aerial gunner. He was sent overseas, and assigned to a combat crew known as the Stoulil crew in England. He flew his first combat mission on December 24, 1943.
He flew a total of 18 missions with the Stoulil crew, and 6 more with the Parker crew, but was severely wounded on April 21, 1944. While in the hospital, the mission quota was raised from 25 to 35, so his combat tour continued.
On September 28, 1944, a bomber force set out to bomb the Krupp Grunsonwerke A.G. plant at Magdeburg, Germany. Turkington was a substitute gunner on this mission. As the bomb run started, the formation was attacked by a large number of German fighters.
The aircraft was one of nine out of eleven that was shot down. Both left engines were out, gas was streaming from a ruptured wing tank, and German fighters continued to rake the B-17 with machine gun and cannon fire. Turkington was shot in the chest while in position, and crawled into the waist section where he died. The ball turret assembly was demolished, killing that gunner. An internal explosion blew the radio operator from the plane and killed him.
Six men managed to bail out and reach the ground. They were immediately captured, and one was murdered by civilians while another was murdered by German troops. As a surviving crew man attempted to aid an injured fellow crew man, he was taken away by German guards and murdered. Three managed to survive and become POWs.
The dead were buried in local cemeteries, and retrieved later by Allied troops. They were moved to other cemeteries. Sgt Turkington was moved to the American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland where he lies in Plot K, Row 8, Grave 10.

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-39769

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 25/8/43; Scott 19/9/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-P] Molesworth 13/10/43; crash landed at base on practice flight when u/c collapsed, with Don Stoulil, Co-pilot: Ed Callahan, Navigator: Harry Susskind, Bombardier: George Trewicki,...

  • 42-97187 Miss Umbriago

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/2/44; Gr Island 23/2/44; Presque Is 11/3/44; to Prestwick, UK, slated 447BG, Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 26/3/44; Missing in Action Magdeburg 28/9/44 with Bill Miller, Co-pilot: John Hill, Waist gunner: Tony Zelnio(wia) ...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA 1914
Enlisted usa 1942 – 28 September 1944
Died Wittwar, Wolfenbuttel Germany 28 September 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 December 2019 08:14:59 Michelbe Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards and events
Sources

Michel Beckers WW2CRASHSITERESEARCH

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:00 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 9410 / MACR 9410, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol.  I, p. 425 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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