Name: Ralph Turner
School: University of California Riverside
Ralph Turner is an initiate of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter and is now retired. He is a 87-year-old retired major, Brother Turner was one of the youngest captains of the Tuskegee Airmen, who escorted bomber groups when they attacked Berlin in 1945. The movie Red Tails jarred his memories of the March 24, 1945, flight of nearly 60 P-51s with their signature red tails that escorted U.S. bombers on a raid to destroy a tank production facility in Berlin.
It was one of 52 combat missions Turner flew with the Red Tails and one he will never forget because they were attacked by Messerschmitt-262s, the world's first jet fighters. Bother Turner was in the cockpit of a single-propeller P-51 Mustang, dubbed "Tinsel," that he had taken over for a previous pilot in the 302nd Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group, the select group of black pilots who demonstrated their flying skills at Tuskegee Airfield in Alabama.