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Turner Chester Murray


Lisnabreeny Memorial


Chester Murray Turner
Second Lieutenant
Serial Number:
3rd Replacement and Training Squadron
Date of Death:
Kansas Memorial Lawn Garden cemetery, Kansas

Chester Murray Turner was born on June 14, 1921, and lived in Cowley County, Kansas. He enlisted at Arkansas city, Cowley on May 20, 1942. He served as a Co-Pilot on the B26B-4 #41-18150 aircraft during World War II.

On April 10, 1944, at 1445hrs three B26 Marauders took off from Toome on a Gunnery Training Mission. 2nd Lt Richard A. Newman flew the lead plane No. 025. The right wingman flying aircraft No. 054 was 2nd Lt Eugene G. Wegman and the left wingman flying aircraft No. 41-18150 a B26b-4 was 2nd Lt Howell C. Osborne, Jr.

Weather on that day was described as visibility four miles, Stratus clouds at one thousand feet, overcast with breaks, reported haze. At approximately 1530 hrs Lt. Osborne's plane started to lag behind the formation, disappeared into the clouds, and subsequently crashed into Chimney Rock Mountains, Newcastle, North Ireland. All five on board were killed. The crew was buried in the Lisnabreeny Former American Military Cemetery in England. The cemetery closed in 1948 and his remains were exhumed and transferred.

The crew of the B26B-4 #41-18150 were as follows:

2nd Lt Howell C. Osborne Jr (Pilot) ID: O-685276 (Fort Smith, Arkansas)
2nd Lt Chester M. Turner (Co-Pilot) ID: O-753462 (Cowley County, Kansas)
Staff Sgt Roy R. Cappe Jr (Aerial Engineer) ID: 13041696 (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Staff Sgt William J. Devenney (Radio Gunner) ID: 33367015 (Carbon County, Pennsylvania)
Sgt Jimmie Gyovai (Engineer Gunner) ID: 15337609 (Boone County, West Virginia)

2LT Turner was reburied on the 25th July 1948 and now rests along with his parents Raleigh C. Turner and Grace E. Turner in Kansas Memorial Lawn Garden Cemetery, Cowley County, Kansas.

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