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RAF Wing Commander Basil Turner (ret.) remembrance

RAF Wing Commander Basil Turner (ret.) and his wife, Eleanor. (Courtesy photo)

RAF Wing Commander Basil Turner (ret.) and his wife, Eleanor. (Courtesy photo)

Newspaper clipping about Squadron Leader Basil Turner assuming duties as RAF Commander of RAF Alconbury in the 1970's. (Courtesy photo)

Newspaper clipping about Squadron Leader Basil Turner assuming duties as RAF Commander of RAF Alconbury in the 1970's. (Courtesy photo)

RAF Alconbury news clipping of Squadron Leader Basil Turner. (Courtesy photo)

RAF Alconbury news clipping of Squadron Leader Basil Turner. (Courtesy photo)

RAF ALCONBURY, England --

RAF Wing Commander Basil Turner: 1932 - 2019

The 501st Combat Support Wing salutes RAF Wing Commander Basil Turner (ret.) for his service and dedication to his country as well as being a friend to the USAF.

“One of Basil’s most interesting postings was as RAF commander on the American Air Force base at Alconbury in Cambridgeshire,” wrote his son, David Turner. “Basil and Eleanor made many good friends while there and fully participated in the social life of the base. And for Richard and me, it was marvelous fun. It was like living in a bit of America: we experienced American football and baseball first hand, were invited to barbeques with over-sized burgers, tacos and T-bone steaks and Richard has the time of his life when Halloween occurred, retiring with shopping bags full of candy.”

Mr. Turner served at RAF Alconbury / Molesworth from 1977 – 1979 as a RAF Squadron Leader with his wife and two sons. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. You will be missed sir.