(MIL) TURKISH PILOTS NEVER ASSIGNED IN BOMBARDMENT FLIGHTS DURING WORLD WAR II.
Gen. Gurak responded to questions of reporters at General Staff HQ.
When asked about the allegations that Turkish pilots, who had been in Britain to get training during World War II, joined bombing of Berlin, Gen. Gurak said, "the pilots were in Britain to get training. As Turkey had announced its impartiality, Turkish pilots were never assigned in active aerial warfare or bombardment flights."
"One of those pilots died in an attack of a German plane during a training flight in British air space. Some other pilots died in some accidents."
Daily Sabah reported on Thursday that Turkish lieutenants who went to Britain in 1941 to get training attended the air strike against Germany.
According to the newspaper, Tulin Alpkaya, daughter of former Air Forces Commander Emin Alpkaya, saw an amazing reality while examining the diaries of her father.
The daily reported that his father was one of the 300 lieutenants who were sent to Britain to get flight training in 1940's and he was assigned in bombing of Germany.
In the diary of Alpkaya it was written, "they have told me that I am ready to go to Berlin. I have returned from the bombardment at 6 in the morning. I was tired," the daily reported.
14 Turkish lieutenants who died in Britain were buried in Brookwood Turkish Martyrdom.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)
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|Publication:||Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)|
|Date:||Oct 23, 2009|
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