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A steel coated Bible, damaged by flak, that saved the life of Second Lieutenant Robert Turner of the 94th Bomb Group. Printed caption on image: '(GM-51-1)(12-1-44)(Bible hit by Flak).' Image stamped on reverse: 'Confidential until passed by censor.'[stamp], 'Passed for publication 14 Jan 1944' [stamp]. 'USA(BR)CCC:PRO' [written annotation] and '42344'[Censor no]. Printed caption on reverse- with handwritten additions in parenthesis: '(The piece of flack is shown alongside the bible) OFFICIAL U. S. ARMY AIR FORCES PHOTO DISTRIBUTED THRU OWI. PRO-HQ-44-50. A steel covered bible today may have saved the life of 2nd Lt. Robert Turner, 21, bombardier of an 8th AAF Flying Fortress, when flak fragments lodged in the bible instead of his heart. (/In the gigantic U.S plane raids on German plane factories. Jan 11.) Lt Turner, on his 14th mission, is the husband of Mrs Josphine Turner, of 209 Forest Park Rod., Lexington, Ky. His parents live at Millersburg, Ky. "The bible that I always carry definitely saved my life ," he said."The steel-covered Bible is always in my left breast pocket." "A piece of flak came up through the plexi-glass nose and grazed my arm, ripping my leather jacket and heated suit to bits, and then lodged right smack in the centre of the bible in my pocket. If it wasn't for that Bible, that flak certainly would have been right in my heart." "Yes, I can thank the Lord for my life today," Lt. Turner concluded.'



  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...


  • Robert Turner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Robert was Bombardier on the James Harkness crew 333BS, 94BG in September 1943 and later served as Supply Officer. He died following a long illness on 12th June 1989.


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:23 AAM AAM ingest

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