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    Dear All,

    I was wondering if there were any 107 Squadron experts or researchers out there that could possibly help me.

    Do any of you have access to the 107 Squadron ORBs, and if so is there a mention of a chap named Douglas John Turner who served with the unit between July 1941 and February 1942?

    I think he may have been a Sergeant at this time as the London Gazette entries I've found suggest he was commissioned in September 1943 (possibly on completion of a tour?), and his numbers are listed as 158978 and 1260977.

    Any help at all would be great.

    Johnnie

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    Hello

    I don't consider myself an expert on 107, but I've researched that Squadron many times, for the many crews they lost in northern France, either flying Blenheims and Bostons, and being based here in 1944-45 when flying Mosquitos.

    I'll have a look on what I have and will get back here if I find something for you. Unless someone else beats me to it.

    Joss

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    Many thanks for the offer of help Joss.

    I member on the forum has provided me with the following details of operations undertaken in July and August:

    N 107 sqdn
    Sgt Turner D J pilot 1260977
    Sgt Warnington Obs 924505
    Sgt Robson GD gunner 10005737

    Missions flown with Blenheims
    06/7/41 V6254
    10/07/41 Z7492
    12/07/41 Z7444
    19/07/41 V-6254
    05/08/41 4254
    07/08/41 3629
    14/08/41 6354
    16/08/41 6254

    I have downloaded the 107 Squadron summary from the National Archives which covers operations from mid-September 41 to December 41 during their time in Malta, and Turner does not seemed to be mentioned, although his log book (log book 2 covering flying from early 1945) notes that he was with 107 Squadron at Great Massingham from July 41 to February 42.

    Did all aircraft of the Squadron move to Malta, and if so could anybody suggest why Turner would not have moved out to Malta with the squadron? Could something have happened to him en route? Could he have been left behind for some reason?

    His log records the following leading up to and after his time with 107:
    18 OTU - 13/03/1941 - 29/06/1941
    107 Squadron - 02/07/1941 - 19/02/1942
    17 OTU - 19/02/1942 - 18/08/1942

    As an aside, Turner joined 267 Squadron in October 1944 and remained with the Squadron until the war in the Far East had ended. He also seems to have been MID with his name in the LG 01/01/1945.

    Of the crew mentioned above, I think that Warmington was Edwin John Warmington who was MID 14/01/1944. He also seems to have been shot down and evaded capture:
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ls/r/C14080870

    Robson seems to be George Donald Robson who finally retired in October 1956

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