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    Morning All,

    It seems that there is some points to clarify on this pilot. In Aces High Vol. 1 and 2, it is stated that he served with 124 and 611 Sqns before joining 43 Sqn in April 1942. Checking those two ORBs 124 & 611, I realised that he was mistaken with an R.H. Turlington. So my question is:

    Who would be able to confirm the units he served with before joining 43 Sqn in April 42 (to be confirmed as taken form Aces High, seems not to be very reliable for this pilot). Any details on this pilot before joining the 43 would be appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Phil

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    Phil, 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
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    Killed in a flying accident 29 July 1945.

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