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Robert Alfred Turton

Portrait from Weekly News; 19 January 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from Weekly News; 19 January 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Alfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Turton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bert Turton AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ40744 AWMM
    • WWII 40744 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 December 1920 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 12 March 1940 AWMM Kakahi, Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kakahi is a small settlement some 20 km South of Taumarunui. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 3 December 2020 - research
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A. Turton (mother), Kakahi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 11 August 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Initial Training Wing, Levin AWMM
    • Training Squadron, Ohakea AWMM
    • 17 Operational Training Unit, Upwood AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 12 March 1940 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Cinema Projectionist/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Robert Turton was the son of Alfred and Myra Turton, of Kakahi.

    Educated at Palmerston North Boys High School, where he passed his Matriculation examination. He played football, tennis and cricket, as well as swimming.

    In Western Desert, took part in 38 operational flights. On one operational flight, against targets on the El Adam - Acoma Road on 22 November 1941, he was shot down and had to parachute to safety, being picked up by the 2nd South African Brigade in the Western Desert.

    In February 1942, he flew with Number 45 Squadron to Burma, arriving in Zyawin near Rangoon on 16 February. From this base, he took part in five operational flights against Japanese troops in Billin, mataban, Moulmein, and Kyaikto, and a patrol in the Toungoo area, and was also engaged in a number of flights evacuating civilians from Burma to Akyab and to Calcutta. He also made two flights to Loiwing in China and was in the last aircraft from Myitikina with evacuees to India early in May, which completed his first operational tour.

    He remained with 45 Squadron in a non-operational capacity until posting on 14 February 1943, to Number 152 Operational Training Unit, and then on to the 23 march to 60 Squadron at Dum Dum, Calcutta. With this Squadron as navigator of Blenheim aircraft he took part in a further seven operational flights to targets at Kyaungdaung Village (2), Tbinganet Village, Byaingdaung Village, Myohaung and Allanmyo, all in Burma. On 22 October, he transferred to Number 681 Squadron, also at Dum Dum and engaged in Ferry Transport work.

    At the time he went missing, Robert was the navigator of a Mosquito aircraft engaged during the 2nd November 1943, in a Photo Reconnaissance flight of the Rangoon area. The aircraft failed to return to its base and both members of the crew were classified as missing. In due course his death was officially presumed to have occurred on 2 November 1943.

    First cousin of Edward Wililam Turton. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 November 1943 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Taukkyan War Cemetery, Rangoon, Myanmar AWMM 23A. A. 11. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Taumarunui War Memorial Hall, Hakiaha Street, Taumarunui, King Country, New Zealand. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 3 December 2020 - research

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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). Vol. 2 p. 157; vol. 3 p. 481-2 AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Hanson, C. (2001). p. 488 AWMM


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03 December 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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