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John Albert Mark Turner

John Albert Mark Turner

Male 1922 - 1942  (19 years)

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  • Name John Albert Mark Turner 
    Born 09 Nov 1922  Hurdman's Bridge, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 09 Jun 1942  Bakel, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Woensel General Cemetery, Eindhoven, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • In early June 1942, Mark Turner was with the RCAF as a wireless operator/air gunner on Vickers Wellington bombers as part of RAF 1 Group Bomber Command, No. 103 Squadron. The Squadron was operating out of Elsham Wolds airbase in north east central England and likely participated in the famous "Thousand Bomber Raids" launched on May 30 and June 1 against Cologne and Essen, respectively. Wellingtons were by far the most numerous aircraft used in these raids.

      On the night of June 8, 1942, Bomber Command launched a raid of 170 aircraft to Essen. The aircraft consisted of 92 Wellingtons, 42 Halifaxes, 14 Stirlings, 13 Lancasters, 9 Hampdens.
      19 aircraft including 7 Wellingtons were lost. The raid was not a success. The target was not identified accurately and bombing was scattered over a wide area. Essen suffered light housing damage.

      Vickers Wellington S/N DV773 of RAF Squadron 103, based in Elsham Wolds, was part of this raid. It departed at 11:16pm and at about 1:55am on June 9th was shot down by a German Me 110 night fighter piloted by Luftwaffe pilot Feldwebel Walter Spille near Bakel, about 5km northeast of Helmond, Holland. Bakel is on the flight path from Elsham to Essen, about 100 kms from Essen. The crew consisted of P/O JE Firman, Sgt. J. MacQueen, Sgt. JAM Turner (RCAF), Sgt. FEW Ball and Sgt. H. Halliwell. All were killed and are buried in Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery.

      The Canadian War Graves Commission records state as follows

      Name: Turner, Jean Albert Marc
      Nationality:Canadian
      Rank:Flight Sergeant (W. Op./Air Gnr) (wireless operator/air gunner)
      Regiment/Service:Royal Canadian Air Force
      Unit Text:103 (RAF) Sqdn
      Date of death:09/06/1942
      Service No:R/82814
      Additional Info:Son of George Joseph and Bernadette Turner of Hurdman's Bridge, Ontario
      Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead
      Grave/memorial ref:Plot JJ Grave 74
      Cemetery:Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery

      Cemetery: EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY
      Country: Netherlands
      Locality: Noord-Brabant
      Visiting Information: Wheelchair access possible via main entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number: 01628 507200

      Location Information: Eindhoven is located 31 kilometres south-east of s'Hertogenbosch and 14 kilometres south-west of Helmond. The Cemetery is in Baffinlaan in the suburb of Woensel in the northern part of the town. From the E34 motorway turn off at the junction with N69 and follow the N69 in the direction of Eindhoven. At the second crossroads, turn right into Leostraat which forms part of the Eindhoven ring. Follow the ring along Piuslaan, Hugo van der Goeslaan, Jeroen Boschlaan, Insulindelaan and onto the N270; Onze Lieve Vrouwestraat. At the junction with the N265; the John F Kennedylaan, go straight over to the next junction with the Veldmaarschalk Montgomerylaan. Turn right here and follow this road to the crossroads. Turn right at the crossroads into Europalaan and take the second turning on the right into Baffinlaan. The cemetery is along here on the right hand side.

      Historical Information: Almost four-fifths of the men buried here belonged to the air forces, and lost their lives in raids over this part of Holland or in returning from Germany, between 1941 and 1944. Men of the land forces who are buried here died between September 1944 and May 1945. The 79th and 86th British General Hospitals were located at Eindhoven during almost all that period. There are now nearly 700, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.

      No. of Identified Casualties: 679
    Person ID I6444  Cullen family tree

    Father Joseph George Turner,   b. 02 Jan 1884, Hintonburg, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1977, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Bernadette Domithilde Joanis,   b. 04 May 1886, Angers, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jun 1973, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 22 Aug 1906  Très Ste. Trinité, Rockland, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • The Ontario Marriage Registry for Russell County contains the following record: No. 16930-06 Joseph George Turner, 22, railroad work, (born) Ottawa, (residence) Coteau Station, Quebec, s/o Francis Turner and Emma Lapointe married Bernadette Joanisse, 20, dress maker, (born) Rockland, (residence) same, d/o Jules Joanisse and Délina Quévillon, witness Francis Turner and Marie Levesque, both of Rockland, 22 August 1906 at Rockland.
    Family ID F2177  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    George and Bernadette Turner’s Children
    George and Bernadette Turner’s Children
    Biographies of the 14 adult children of George and Bernadette Turner, each authored by members of their families

    Excerpt from A Melding of Cultures: Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis Volume 1, Our Turners: Canadian Transportation Pioneers, Mark Cullen, Vancouver, 2013,
    Chapter 6, pp 101-135

    John Albert Mark Turner Memorial (1922-1942)
    John Albert Mark Turner Memorial (1922-1942)
    Mark was one of five children of George and Bernadette Turner to serve in Canada’s armed forces in WWII. He was a 20-year-old RCAF flight sergeant wireless/air gunner when his Wellington bomber was shot down over Holland on June 9, 1942.

    Excerpt from A Melding of Cultures Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis Volume 1 Our Turners: Canadian Transportation Pioneers, Mark Cullen, Vancouver, 2013, Appendix 6, pp 231-242

    George and Bernadette Turner Family Photo Album
    George and Bernadette Turner Family Photo Album

    Excerpt from A Melding of Cultures Ancestors of George Turner and Bernadette Joanis Volume 1 Our Turners: Canadian Transportation Pioneers, Mark Cullen, Vancouver, 2013, pp 83-100.


    Albums
    George J. Turner and Bernadette Joanis family
    George J. Turner and Bernadette Joanis family (21)
    George Turner photos

  • Sources 
    1. [S119] Baptism certificate.

    2. [S166] http://www.defensie.nl/nimh/collecties/documentatie/.

    3. [S133] Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    4. [S41] Ancestry.ca, Ontario Marriages, Russell County, 1906, Page 37.