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Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« on: Friday 27 November 20 18:06 GMT (UK) »
I am trying to understand why a Turkish Airman (2nd Lieutenant?) would have been in Paignton in 1942 or 1943, as I understand that the Turkish Airforce didn't enter the war until February 1945. I wondered if he would have been at the No 4 ITW (Initial Training Wing), but again if so why? Any ideas please (factual ones all the better!)
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Re: Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« Reply #1 on: Friday 27 November 20 19:40 GMT (UK) »
An article on Internet which indicates some RAF wartime activity in the Paignton  area WW2.

He (unknown airman) reported to the RAF receiving wing (No 1 Aircrew Reception Centre) at Babbacombe, on 7/7/1941 for the issue of his kit and inoculations. Here he was given the rank of AC2. That night the first in his RAF service, he slept under the Members Pavilion at Lords cricket ground. The next day he was told report to No.4 Initial Training Wing (ITW) Paignton, for initial training. His first night there was spent at the RAF's expense at the Seaton Hotel in Torquay. During his time at ITW he was billeted in the Tembany Hotel.

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Re: Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« Reply #2 on: Friday 27 November 20 20:05 GMT (UK) »
....... and another article.

Whilst at the Initial Training Wing in the Tembani Hotel, Paignton (since disappeared), the new recruits were sent to Babbacombe where they were to be addressed by Lord Trenchard - Marshall of the RAF. He was a very well known figure who had fought in the 1st WW and used a walking stick rather than a baton when addressing his men.


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Re: Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« Reply #3 on: Friday 27 November 20 21:18 GMT (UK) »
Thank you barryd- I found that one too, but it doesn’t tell me why a Turkish airman would have been there
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Re: Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 29 November 20 04:55 GMT (UK) »
When you say "a Turkish airman" do you mean he was in the Turkish airforce or was he somebody of Turkish origin serving in the Allied forces ?  Possibly a Turkish Cypriot ?
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Re: Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 29 November 20 07:25 GMT (UK) »
From the Internet ....

Between 1939 and 1945, several thousand Greek and Turkish Cypriots enlisted and served in the war (presumably in the Army).  Some Cypriots also joined the RAF and Royal Navy.

So technically they were there just like a Rhodesian or a South African.

The Australians and Canadians having their own forces.

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Re: Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 29 November 20 07:49 GMT (UK) »
Again from the Internet  .....

When asked about the allegations that Turkish pilots, who had been in Britain to get training during World War II, joined bombing of Berlin, Gen. Gurak said, "the pilots were in Britain to get training. As Turkey had announced its impartiality, Turkish pilots were never assigned in active aerial warfare or bombardment flights."


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Re: Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 29 November 20 08:58 GMT (UK) »
An article on Internet which indicates some RAF wartime activity in the Paignton  area WW2.

He (unknown airman) reported to the RAF receiving wing (No 1 Aircrew Reception Centre) at Babbacombe, on 7/7/1941 for the issue of his kit and inoculations. Here he was given the rank of AC2. That night the first in his RAF service, he slept under the Members Pavilion at Lords cricket ground. The next day he was told report to No.4 Initial Training Wing (ITW) Paignton, for initial training. His first night there was spent at the RAF's expense at the Seaton Hotel in Torquay. During his time at ITW he was billeted in the Tembany Hotel.

It seems highly unlikely that the unknown airman reported to Babbacombe Torbay, then spent the night in London at Lords Cricket Ground, and returned to Torbay the following day????

There is now an apartment block overlooking Preston Beach, on the site of the Tembani Hotel, near to what is now the Redcliffe Hotel.
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Re: Turkish Airman in Paignton 1942/3
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 29 November 20 16:40 GMT (UK) »
The statement about Lord's Cricket Ground did seem to e a bit weird to me.