Veteran Stories:
Fred George Turner

Air Force

  • Fred Turner, Stellarton, Nova Scotia, September 26, 2010.

    Historica Canada
  • Flying Officer Fred G. Turner in the cockpit of his Spitfire, June 1943.

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

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

    Phillip 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. 19 Squadron at RAF Gatwick, 1944.

    Phillip Turner
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"I started as a kid building model airplanes and I was always interested in planes."

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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.] 19 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.
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