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Ralph P Turner (1892-1916)
This is the start of an occasional series to commemorate the centenary of the deaths of a number of World War I pilots whose pictures are missing from the Royal Aero Club’s records. Ralph Pool Turner was born in the third quarter of 1892 in Langley, Bucks where he was baptised on 7 October 1892. He qualified as a pilot at Le Crotoy in France on 26 July 1915. On 9 March 1916 – 100 years ago today – while flying with 1 Squadron RFC, he was shot down and killed in action in Belgium. (Note that the date shown on the RAeC Index Card (above) appears to be incorrect. There are many such instances in the RAeC records, and the date shown may, in fact, be the date when his death was notified and recorded on the Index Card.) Do you recognise his name? Can you help track down his photograph? Family photographs? Squadron records? Local newspaper reports? Any help you can offer will be very gratefully received. If you can provide a copy of his photograph, or if you have any ideas about where may be a good place to look, please “Contact Us” through this web-site, with “The RAeC Collection – albums, archives” in the Subject line of your Email.