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    Hello 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

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    From 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.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    In addition, the Flight magazine archive contains further citations for the above awards:
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/search.aspx?search=



    Flight - 7 Decemeber 1944
    They published the same citation for the Bar to the DFC

    Flight - MAY 31ST, 1945
    Award of Distinguished Service Order
    Act Sqn. Ldr. R. W. TURKINGTON, D.F.C.
    R. A.F.V.R.. No. 601 Sqn.—Since the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed many more operational sorties He has a distinguished record as a close support leader Many times he has destroyed his target through sheer dogged persistence, machine gunning repeatedly until his ammunition was exhausted. On one occasion in December, 1944, Sqn. Ldr. Turkington led a formation of aircraft against an enemy etrongpoint, and, despite heavy fire from the defences, made no fewer than six attacks until the target was reduced to burning wreckage. On another occasion this officer's aircraft was very severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but, although it was impossible to maintain
    control, he succeeded in flying safely back to base, where he made a masterly landing. An outstanding squadron commander, Sqn. Ldr. Turkington has always displayed great courage, brilliant leadership and unswerving devotion to duty.


    Note, tehre are lots of people by the ame of Turkington still listed in the phone book, www.bt.com, for Derrytrasna in Armagh, you could try writing to them. What is your interest in these two pilots?

    regards

    Dennis
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 9th July 2008 at 08:36. Reason: Added last paragraph.
    Dennis Burke
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    Is John Ignatius Kilmartin a correct name, I can't seem to find him on CWGC? Can you confirm? What can you tell us about him already?

    Dennis
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    There 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
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    Turkington appears in a photo on Page 95 of

    No 43 'Fighting Cocks' Squadron By Andy Saunders in the Osprey series.

    You can view this on google books for free. The link below may not work but I'm sure you will find him.

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=_rcsEah93-cC&pg=PA95&vq=turkington&dq=%22Robert+Wilkinson+TU RKINGTON%22&source=gbs_search_s&cad=5&sig=ACfU3U3-5HhSHwlWUYfkj-V0l5pBadcfHw
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis_burke View Post
    Is John Ignatius Kilmartin a correct name, I can't seem to find him on CWGC? Can you confirm? What can you tell us about him already?

    Dennis
    Hi Dennis & Alexandre

    John R. Ignatius "Killy" Kilmartin survived the war. He's in Aces High Vol I/II (Shores & Williams) 10.53 dest, 2 unc dest, 1 dam.

    Best Regards

    Andy Fletcher
    Per Speculationem Impellor ad Intelligendum

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