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Hump pilot Allen Turner's remains identified

11 Dec 2018

On 17 Jul 1945, USAAF pilot First Lieutenant Allen R. Turner took off with a C-109 transport aircraft from Jorhat, India, with supplies for Chinese and American forces. His destination was Xinjin Airfield in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, and the route took him over the Himalaya Mountain Range in a flight commonly known as "The Hump". Turner and his crew never made it there. In 2007, Clayton Kuhles stumbled upon an aircraft wreckage in a deep ravine in India. As investigations proceeded, a local resident turned in bone fragments he had previously taken from the crash site. In Feb 2016, copilot First Lieutenant Frederick W. Langhorst's remains were identified. Later, crew member Private First Class Joseph I. Natvik's remains were identified as well. These two discoveries confirmed the identity of the wreck. On 11 Dec 2018, after employing latest mitochondrial DNA analysis techniques, the US Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that it had positively identified the remains of Turner.

For more information:
Boston Globe: Remains identified as Brookline pilot killed in WWII
WW2DB: Xinjin Airfield

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1. Chris says:
21 Dec 2018 07:34:50 AM

It's stories like this that remind me of the scope and enormity of this worldwide conflict. The focus seems to be on the big engagements in well known places involving famous people. However this conflict, as with all conflicts, are fought by countless people across great miles. Anonymous people (not to their family though) fighting and dying in distant anonymous places. I guess that is the case throughout history.
11 Jan 2019 06:20:11 AM


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