Turner, Second Lieutenant Frederick Charles

No 2 Flying School, RAF

Frederick Turner was born in Colchester, England, and was 22, a Jeweller living in Willoughby, NSW, when he enlisted in the AIF at Liverpool on 26 July 1915. He was appointed to the 5th Field Artillery Brigade at National Park Camp in September, and left Sydney on HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November. In April 1916 he was promoted to Sergeant. He served with the artillery on the Western Front, where he was wounded in the left hand by shrapnel in April 1917, which resulted in his being evacuated to England. After recovery from his wound, he transferred to the AFC for pilot training, which commenced in October. He graduated as a pilot in April 1918, and was commissioned.
He was killed in an aircraft accident at Marske-by-Sea on 16 June 1918 while flying Sopwith Pup C271. 2Lt Turner had taken off in order to practise aerial fighting against his instructor, Lt R C Fielder, RAF. Lt Fielder reported that as he was about to take off in another Pup, he noticed C271 slowly spinning at about 150 feet, and that it kept doing so until it hit the ground and caught fire. A Court of Enquiry was unable to determine the cause of the accident.

2Lt F C Turner is commemorated on Screen Wall W 393 at Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery, Yorkshire, England.

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