J.C. Turner crew 17.10.43 †

17/10/1943 – Mining in the Frisian Islands
Two aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500lbs., which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the parachutes were seen to open. An uneventful trip – no A.A. Fire, searchlights or enemy aircraft being encountered. Visibility was fairly good in the mining area and navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LJ442 JN-F

F/S John Cecil Turner, RNZAF NZ421115 – Pilot.
F/O Stanley Henry MacKenzie, RNZAF NZ422418 – Navigator.
P/O William George Simpson Pagett, RAFVR 151630 – Air Bomber.
F/S James Lindis Cowie, RNZAF NZ42322 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Joseph Blackman, RAFVR 1398967 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas McGloin, RAFVR 1796255 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 18:10 – Landed 21:25
Flight Time 03:15

07/11/1943 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Four aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 15oolbs which were successfully dropped in the allotted area and the majority of the parachutes were seen to open. No opposition was met on any part of the route. Nine tenths cloud was prevalent in the mining area, although visibility was fairly good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III LJ457 ??-?

F/S John Cecil Turner, RNZAF NZ421115 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Henry MacKenzie, RNZAF NZ422418 – Navigator.
P/O William George Simpson Pagett, RAFVR 151630 – Air Bomber.
F/S James Lindis Cowie, RNZAF NZ42322 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Joseph Blackman, RAFVR 1398967 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas McGloin, RAFVR 1796255 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 23:35 – Landed 07:45
Flight Time 08:10

18/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Mannheim
Nineteen aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 2,000lbs and incendiaries of 30 lb and 4 lbs. Two aircraft returned early but the remainder successfully dropped their bombs in the target area. Large concentrated fires and huge explosions were seen. There was a moderate heavy A.A. Barrage and searchlights were fairly active.Mant enemy aircraft were seen and two short combats took place, but no damage was sustained by our aircraft. The weather was good, being clear at the target except for slight ground haze. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EH948 AA-Q

F/S John Cecil Turner, RNZAF NZ421115 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Henry MacKenzie, RNZAF NZ422418 – Navigator.
P/O William George Simpson Pagett, RAFVR 151630 – Air Bomber.
F/S James Lindis Cowie, RNZAF NZ42322 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Joseph Blackman, RAFVR 1398967 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. F. Hulbert, RAFVR 1570894 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas McGloin, RAFVR 1796255 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 17:10 – Landed 00:10
Flight Time 07:00

22/11/1943 – Attack Against Targets at Berlin
Four aircraft were detailed to attack the above targets with bombs of 1,000lbs and incendiaries of 30lb. and 4lb. One aircraft returned early owing to an Oxygen failure and two failed to return. The remaining aircraft successfully dropped its bombs in the Target Area. It was very difficult to assess the results as there was 10/10ths cloud over the target. Little opposition was encountered and no incidents were reported. Navigation was very good. The missing aircraft were Stirlings Mk.III LJ453 Captained by F/S A.Single and EF148 Captained by F/S. J. TURNER.

Stirling Mk.III EF148 AA-R

F/S John Cecil Turner, RNZAF NZ421115 – Pilot.
P/O Stanley Henry MacKenzie, RNZAF NZ422418 – Navigator.
P/O William George Simpson Pagett, RAFVR 151630 – Air Bomber.
F/S James Lindis Cowie, RNZAF NZ42322 – Wireless Operator.
Sgt. George Joseph Blackman, RAFVR 1398967 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Robert McLeod More, RAFVR 1809983 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas McGloin, RAFVR 1796255 – Rear Gunner.

Take off 17:13 Mepal. Crashed at Rulle, 7km NNE of Osnabruck. All rest in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery.

Take Off – – Landed –
Flight Time – Missing

Stirling Mk.III EF148 AA-R was brought down over Germany, crashing near Achner, 10miles North West of Osnabruck. There were no survivors. The seven crew members were buried at Achner but later reinterred at Reichswald Forest Cemetery, SW of Cleve.

F/S John Cecil Turner, RNZAF NZ421115 – Pilot.
Killed age 21.
Son of Leonard Cecil Turner, and of Doris Anna Turner (Nee Hansford), of Wellington City, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 26. A. 4.

F/O Stanley Henry Mackenzie, RNZAF NZ422418 – Navigator.
Killed age 23.
Son of Roderick Stanley and Mary Ann Mackenzie, of Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 26. A. 2.

F/O William George Simpson Pagett, RAFVR 151630 – Air Bomber.
Killed age 27.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 26. A. 8.

F/S James Lindis Cowie, RNZAF NZ42322 – Wireless Operator.
Killed age 22.
Son of John Thomas Cowie and Ada Frances Annie Cowie, of Lindis Valley, Otago, New Zealand.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany..
Grave location – 26. A. 6.

Sgt. George Joseph Blackman, RAFVR 1398967 – Flight Engineer.
Killed age 23.
Son of George Henry and Mary Elizabeth Blackman, of Finsbury, London.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 26. A. 1.
‘Eternal rest
Grant unto him,
O Lord;
And let perpetual light
Shine upon him.
R.I.P.’

Sgt. Robert McLeod More, RAFVR 1809983 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 19.
Son of Bentley and Madeleine More, of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 26. A. 3.

Sgt. Thomas Mcgloin, RAFVR 1796255 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 23.
Son of Thomas and Kate Mcgloin, of Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, Irish Republic.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.
Grave location – 26. A. 5.