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RAF Turnhouse

27th August 1940  Relocated to Scotland

3rd Sept 1940 Rest period

29th November 1940 Sorties Over France

17th May 1941 New duties

26th July 1943 Relocation

12th Nov 1943 Relocation

16th January 1944 Naval work resumed

March 1944 Re-equipped

28th May 1944 New tasks

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Those known to have served at

RAF Turnhouse

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Reynolds Frederick Thomas. F/Lt. (d.6th Mar 1945)
  • Seaborne Philip Dorian. Sgt (d.5th May 1942)

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F/Lt. Frederick Thomas "Eric" Reynolds 65 Squadron (d.6th Mar 1945)

Flight Lieutenant Frederick Thomas Reynolds joined the R.A.F.V.R. in 1938, his original Service Number was 742592, This changed to 86373 on or around 29th September 1940 when he was promoted to 'Pilot Officer' (on probation) Ref 'London Gazette No 34986 Tuesday 5th November 1940'. He served in RAF No 65 Squadron and we know from a letter to his family he was stationed in with them at RAF Turnhouse near Edinburgh in the period August-November 1940. We also know from another letter he was with RAF Squadron 256 stationed February - March 1941 at Colerne near Chippenham, he flew Hurricanes at this time, and that he was involved in the defence of Liverpool. His sister (my mother) says she knew he destroyed a German aircraft in this period but we have no details, she also recalls he crashed his aircraft on Rhyl Beach but again we have no details.

In 1944/45 he was with 219 Squadron flying Mosquito NF30's under Wing Commander Peter Green based at Amiens-Glisy in France and he is recorded as destroying a Messerschmitt Me110 on night of 1-2 January 1945. He was killed when his Mosquito crashed in flames in the town of Amiens (eye witness account) on 6th March 1945. This was officially recorded as an Aircraft Accident but we do not know the cause or any details.

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Sgt Philip Dorian Seaborne 242 Sqdn. (d.5th May 1942)

Philip Seaborne was killed after crashing in poor visibility into a hillside in Scotland. He was stationed with 242 Sqdn RAF at Turnhouse. The aircraft he was flying was a Spitfire Mk Vb number W3244. He was 27 years old at the time of his death. He is buried in Nuneaton Warwickshire in Oasten Rd Cemetery. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star and the War Medal.

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