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Horace Otis Turner

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WIA by flak hitting him in left hip/leg on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-97257 'Knock-out Baby'.
My father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, was not only a WWll hero, but my own personal hero! He was a bombardier/navigator for the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, 412th Bomb Squadron, flying in a B-17 Flying Fortess in an plane called "Knock-Out Baby!" , number 42-97257. Their group was stationed in Horham, England and he left a log, detailing 35 missions he flew! He was hit by flak on many of these missions, including his 5th mission, on April 24, 1944, and yet he was back out on another mission the next day! He was awarded 3 medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart, which I proudly framed! Unfortunately, he died way too young, after becoming a self made business owner, at the age of 60, due to eventual complications from this injury. I have a number of his memorabilia and wish I could hear his stories once again! :-) Thank you, Daddy, for your service to this country and to me as my wonderful father! I love you!!

Service

People

Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97257 'Knock-Out Baby!'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/44; Dalhart 3/3/44; Grenier 26/3/44; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-L] Horham 28/3/44; with Horace O. Turner, 24/4/44, Bombardier/Navigator [wia]; with J.C. Bertram 11/7/44, Waist gunner: Ray Carpenter [wia]; with T.G. Bek 24/12/44,...

Missions

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 311

    22 April 1944

  • 315

    24 April 1944

  • 317A

    25 April 1944

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Plainview, TX 79072, USA 27 June 1918

He was the 2nd son of 4 boys born to Burchie Tarter Turner and Henry Cleveland Turner.

Missions flown Horham, England 18 April 1944 – 15 August 1944

He flew 35 missions, with flak hitting his plane more often than not, earning 3 Medals, the Air Medal with 3 Oak Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, as he was WIA on 04/24/1944 by flak.

WIA England, UK 24 April 1944

WIA by flak hitting him in left hip/leg on 24 Dec 1944 in B-17G #42-97257 'Knock-out Baby'.

Died Austin, TX, USA 11 May 1979

He died at the age of 60, too early! He had always been healthy and was an excellent athlete, but the flak injury contributed to a tumor at that site that led to his premature death.

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09 March 2016 14:56:45 aquaflow1 Changes to mission associations
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09 March 2016 13:30:23 aquaflow1 Changes to events
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09 March 2016 12:41:58 aquaflow1 Changes to events
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09 March 2016 12:27:58 aquaflow1 Changes to biography and events
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Entered by daughter, Karen Turner.

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09 March 2016 05:21:21 aquaflow1 Changes to biography
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09 March 2016 05:09:51 aquaflow1 Changes to place associations and aircraft associations
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Submitted by daughter, Karen Turner.

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09 March 2016 03:31:43 aquaflow1 Changes to nickname
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I am not sure what to enter here, but since I am the source of this information entered, I will enter this. I am the daughter of Horace Otis Turner, my name is Karen Turner and my email address is aquaflow1@gmail.com

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27 September 2014 18:13:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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