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Squadron Leader Robert Wilkinson TURKINGTON (117519) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Lost in aircraft Spitfire LFIX MK423  

Death of Death 1945-07-29 .

Served in 241 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : III. C. 10. at Padua War Cemetery, Italy

More Details: SON OF JOHN AND MARY AMELIE TURKINGTON, OF DERRYTRASNA, CO. ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND.

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London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
117519Flight Lieutenant Robert Wilkinson TURKINGTONLondon Gazette supplement : 36346 , Dated 1944-01-21 , Download #36346
117519R W TURKINGTONLondon Gazette supplement : 36330 , Dated 1944-01-11 , Download #36330
117519R W TURKINGTONLondon Gazette supplement : 35791 , Dated 1942-11-17 , Download #35791

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Irish pilotsHello Gentlemen, I would be very grateful it was possible to obtain informations on these two Irish pilots down: John Ignatius Kilmartin Robert Wilkinson Turkington pictures will be great too. Thx a lot in advance Regards ....Read More.Alexandre_Folk on 8th July 2008 09:00:45
Irish pilotsFrom the London Gazette Website database: http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/AdvancedSearch.aspx?geotype=London&sb=issue Search for name and serial number to find these and there may be more. Date:17 November 1942 Issue number:35791 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs), 1st Oct. 1942: R. W. TURKINGTON (117519). Date:11 January 1944 Issue number:36330 Page number:314 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. Promotion. Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.): R. W. TURKINGTON (117519). Date:21 January 1944 Issue number:36346 Air Ministry, 25th January, 1944. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards : Distinguished Flying Cross. Acting Flight Lieutenant Robert Wilkinson TURKINGTON (117519), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 43 Squadron. Date:19 September 1944 Issue number:36713 Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross. Flight Lieutenant Robert Wilkinson TURKINGTON, D.F.C. (H75I9), R.A.F.V.R., 241 Sqn. This officer has set a fine example of skill, determination and devotion to duty. He has completed a large number of sorties and much of the success, achieved by the squadron can be attributed to this officer's efficiency and resolution. During a sortie in July, he destroyed one and probably destroyed a second enemy aircraft although only one cannon was functioning in his aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Turkington is a gallant and inspiring Flight Commander. Date:17 April 1945 Issue number:37043 Air Ministry, 20th April, 1945. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards: Distinguished Service Order. Acting Squadron Leader. Robert Wilkinson TURKINGTON, D.F.C. (117510) R.A.F.V.R., 601 Sqn. ....Read More.dennis_burke on 9th July 2008 03:23:50
Irish pilotsThere is lots to be found with a Google search: http://www.geocities.com/craigavonhs/rev/wilsonlurgancollegewar.html R.W.TURKINGTON Robert Wilkinson Turkington is probably the most distinguished of those on the World War 2 memorial. He was the son of John Turkington, of Crossways, Derrytrasna, and he was born there on 13th June, 1920. He attended Lurgan College from 1st September 1933 until 30th August 1939. Once again, I suspect that he joined the R.A.F. almost straight from school. He became a highly successful pilot, and had the distinction of being awarded the D.F.C. and Bar before his death. He was promoted to the rank of Squadron Leader, with 241 Squadron, based in Italy following the defeat of the Germans. Squadron Leader Turkington died on 29th July, 1945, when his aircraft exploded during a manoeuvre. He is buried in Padua War Cemetery. He was awarded the D.S.O. posthumously http://www.bob-sinton.com/headstones/ardmore/view.php?id=1260 Grave Inscription: in Northern Ireland IN LOVING MEMORY JOHN TURKINGTON DIED 11TH JULY 1940 HIS WIFE MARY AMELIA TURKINGTON DIED 18TH DECEMBER 1962 SQUADRON LEADER R W TURKINGTON DSO DFC AND BAR KILLED IN TEVISCO 29TH JULY 1945 INTERRED IN PADUA ITALY PER ARDUA AS ASTRA HIS SON KENNETH TURKINGTON DIED 11TH JULY 1969 You ought to contact the Craighavon History group above. Dennis ....Read More.dennis_burke on 9th July 2008 03:45:15
R.W. TURKINGTON - DSO, DFC & BarPhil, Hi, Not a lot, but:- First name(s) Robert Wilkinson Last name Turkington Birth year 1920 Place Mhow, Bengal [Father probably in the Army?] Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs), 1st Oct. 1942: — R. W. TURKINGTON (117519). Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.): — 7th Jan. 1944. R. W. TURKINGTON (117519). Air Ministry, 25th January, 1944. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards : — Distinguished Flying Cross. Acting Flight Lieutenant Robert Wilkinson TURKINGTON (117519), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 43 Squadron. Air Ministry, 22nd September, 1944. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross. Flight Lieutenant Robert Wilkinson TURKINGTON, D.F.C. (H75I9), R.A.F.V.R., 241 Sqn. This officer has set a fine example of skill, determination and devotion to duty. He has completed a large number of sorties and much of the success, achieved by the squadron can be attributed to this officer's efficiency and resolution. During a sortie in July, he destroyed one and probably destroyed a second enemy aircraft although only one cannon was functioning in his aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Turkington is a gallant and inspiring Flight Commander. Probate granted 26 Jun 1946 London. HTH Peter Davies ....Read More.Resmoroh on 23rd November 2015 07:58:21

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