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WWII D.F.C. & BAR GROUP OF 6 MEDALS WITH CATERPILLAR CLUB BADGE TO FLT. LT. S. TURNER, R.A.F.

*** RESERVED *** The considerable D.F.C. & Bar Pathfinder Signals Leader Caterpillar group consisting: Distinguished Flying Cross George VI, reverse dated 1945 with 2nd award bar dated 1945; 1939-45 Star; Air Crew Europe Star with France & Germany clasp; WWII Defence & War Medals; General Service Medal with Malaya clasp to Flt. Lt. S. Turner, R.A.F.; Caterpillar Club badge with 'ruby' eyes to Sgt. S. Turner. Accompanied by Observer's & Air Gunner's Flying Log Book covering complete service, newspaper cuttings, caricature by Wren and original photographs.
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D.F.C. London Gazette 16.1.1945: " Flight Lieutenant Turner is now Squadron Signals Leader and his enthusiasm efficiency and leadership has been proved. Now on his secod tour of operations, he has completed 67 bombing attacks against the enemy and has recently flown in a most successful crew engaged on vital marking duties. Throughout, Flight Lieutenant Turner has set an example in keeness and ability and his fine record of service. This Officer has carried out a large number of duties and continues to show determination and enthusiasm is worthy of high praise."

Bar to the D.F.C. London Gazette 16.11.1945: “Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Flight Lieutenant Turner has carried out a further 12 operational sorties as Wireless Operator in heavy bombers. As Signals Leader to the Squadron he has set an extremely fine example to all wirelss operators in the way he has carried out this duties and in his keenness to participate in bombing attacks. He has flown with many crews new to the Squadron and by his experience has given them great confidence. Flight Lieutenant Turner has been untiring in his efforts to keep the highest possible standard of efficiency and ability of the wireless operators in the Squadron. For his devotion to duty and fine record of service this officer is recommended for the non-immediate award of the bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.”

Flight Lieutenant Stanley Turner was from Harthill, and was educated at Harthill Woodhall Senior School, he enlisted in 1939, and qualified as an Air Gunner on the 27th July 1940. On 26 Nov 1940, having completed a raid to Turin bombing an arsenal, Turner and crew were forced to bail out, earning him his caterpillar club badge. This was just the beginning for Turner, with colourful service logged throughout as Air Gunner, Wireless Operator and Signals Leader with 35 Squadron, completing over 1000 hours flying time by 1945.

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