Remembering Fred George Turner

This is what Fred Turner said on The Memory Project.

I was always interested in flying. I made model airplanes. The first chance I had to go in the air force, I took it. Well, I started as a kid building model airplanes and I was always interested in planes. The first solo flight was simple, I mean, you have your left hand on the throttle, your right hand on the stick, push the throttle forward, the aircraft starts to move; the tail comes up, then you pull the joystick back. And in no time flat, you’re in the air. And you use your rudder and the stick. If you want to turn left, you push the stick to the left and use the left rudder. If you want to turn right, you push the stick to the right and use the right rudder. The [Supermarine] Spitfire’s [fighter aircraft] great, absolutely beautiful. It was so smooth to operate and control. I was with [No.] 91 Squadron [Royal Air Force], an English squadron, and [No.] 403 [Wolf Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force], a Canadian squadron. We were based near Dover [England] and we patrolled the [English] Channel down to the Isle of Wight and some other squadrons did the Isle of Wight to Land’s End. So all that time, I don’t think I ever saw a German aircraft. We flew over France once and saw a squadron of German aircraft on the ground, that’s all.

There will be more later for paying homage to Fred George Turner.

1942 Spitfire Fred Turner (2)

1942 Spitfire Fred Turner (3)

1942 06 Rednal George Garnham, Fred Turner, Jimmie Dow & Ralph Kennedy

Fred G. Turner (second from right) and three of his comrades from No. 403 (Wolf) Squadron, RCAF, June 1942. From left to right: George Garnham of England, Turner, Jimmie Dow of Ontario, and Ralph Kennedy of New Zealand. (Source Phillip Turner)

Fred Turner sitting

Fred G. Turner, “at readiness” while serving with No. 403 (Wolf) Squadron, RCAF at RAF Catterick, August 1942. (Phillip Turner)

Fred Turner in cockpit

Flying Officer Fred G. Turner in the cockpit of his Spitfire, June 1943.
(Phillip Turner)

Fred Turner

Flying Officer Fred G. Turner (second from right) and comrades – from left to right W/O Pete Sexton, Turner, S/L Tubby Mayne, F/L W.L. Walker, and their dog – of No. 91 Squadron at RAF Gatwick, 1944. (Phillip Turner)


About 91 Squadron (source Wikipedia)

In January 1941 the squadron was reformed from No. 421 (Reconnaissance) Flight and based at RAF Hawkinge, Kent equipped with Spitfires, carrying out weather reconnaissance and Air Sea Rescue operations. In April 1943 they were upgraded to Spitfire XIIs,the first Griffon engined Spitfires, which proved very successful in intercepting the low-flying Focke-Wulf 190s. They also flew reconnaissance missions over northern France and later concentrated on bomber escort duties. In March 1944 the squadron was assigned to the Second Tactical Air Force and flew tactical sweeps over the Normandy landing zones. Later in the year, now based at RAF West Malling, Kent and equipped with the faster Spitfire XIVs they were deployed to combat the V-1 flying-bomb attacks (Capitaine Jean Maridor was blown up in mid-air when he got in too close to shoot a V-1 down [1]). In April 1945 the squadron relocated to East Anglia to carry out reconnaissance missions and searches for midget submarines off the coast of the Netherlands and Belgium.