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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R N Turnbull


Robert Nesbit Turnbull was born on 19th October 1917 in Rugby and joined the RAFVR in September 1939 as an Airman u/t WOp/AG. With his training completed, he joined 25 Squadron at North Weald on 27th September 1940 as a radar operator.

He flew his first sortie on the 30th. With the increasing use of AI equipment and the advent of the Beaufighter, Turnbull retrained as a Radio Observer and later as a Navigator Radar. He was promoted to Sergeant in November 1940.

In late 1942 he was serving with 89 Squadron in the Middle East. On 4th December he assisted in the destruction of a He111, on the 6th two He111s, on 9th March 1943 a Ju88 and on 13th April two more Ju88s.

Turnbull was awarded the DFC (gazetted 25th May 1943) as a Warrant Officer.

Commissioned in January 1944, he was released in 1945 as a Flying Officer.

Turnbull died on 8th September 1980 in Northumberland.

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