James Turner AWMM
Also known as
- NZ391982 AWMM
- RAF131941 AWMM
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Mrs Margaret Strathearn Tringham (mother) AWMM
Pre 29 December 1939 AWMM Single AWMM
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Embarked from Wellington for United Kingdom on a cargo ship with about a dozen other airmen. They were all wearing civilian clothing.
At the conclusion of his six years flying in the war, he had flown a total of 1591 hours. During that time he had lost his plane in Malta after it was bombed while on the ground. The crew were fed by the nuns from the local convent and evacuated from Malta by the Navy.
He returned to NZ on the George Mandell, an American Liberty ship, which brought home the 2nd Echelon on 1 November 1944. He then saw service in Papua New Guinea, Philippines Guadalcanal and HongKong while attached to 40 Squadron, the squadron he remained with until the end of the war.
He spent six years fighting during the war and had flown in many types of planes: D.H.84, Whitley, Dominie, Proctor, Anson, Oxford, Wellington, Halifax, Liberator and Dakota. AWMM
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