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The Papers of Admiral Sir (Arthur) Francis Turner

Title The Papers of Admiral Sir (Arthur) Francis Turner
Reference GBR/0014/TRNR
Creator Turner, Sir Arthur Francis, 1912-1991, Knight, Admiral
Covering Dates 1931–1983
Extent and Medium 1 box (8 files)
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Arthur Francis Turner (known as "Attie") was born 23 June 1912, the son of Engineer Rear-Admiral A W J Turner and Mrs A M Turner (née Lochrane). He was educated at Stonyhurst College and joined the Royal Navy in 1931, completing a four year course at the Royal Naval Engineering College (RNEC) at Keyham, Devonport.

During the Second World War Turner travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to commission and bring back HMS Newark to the United Kingdom; then spent a period at the RNEC and at HMS Condor (the Royal Naval Air Station at Arbroath), before joining the aircraft carrier Indomitable in 1944 as air engineer officer. Indomitable was the carrier squadron flagship in the British Pacific Fleet and Turner's department maintained a very high aircraft serviceability rate for the fleet's strikes. Turner was mentioned twice in despatches.

After the Second World War, Turner planned the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Air Arm. From 1954 Turner served in the Engineer in Chief's department at Bath, laying the foundation for the Navy's planned maintenance organisation. His other positions included: Captain Superintendent of the Royal Naval Aircraft Yard at Donibristle (1956-58); Director of Aircraft Maintenance and Planning in London; Chief Staff Officer (Technical) on the Central Staff, Mediterranean (1962-64); Director-General Aircraft (Navy) at the Ministry of Defence (1966-67); Chief of Fleet Support, Ministry of Defence (1967-71). In 1970 Turner made naval history by becoming the first officer of a non-executive branch to reach the rank of full Admiral. He was one of the Navy's first specialists in naval aeronautical engineering and pioneered the introduction of planned maintenance to improve the reliability of the fleet's machinery.

Turner married Elizabeth Clare de Trafford in 1963 and they had two sons. Turner died on 26 October 1991.

Churchill Archives Centre holds a small collection of Turner's naval papers. It includes material relating to his training and naval career and include some files on aspects of naval engineering and planned maintenance.

Acc 898 - The papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Lady Turner in 1991.

The collection is on loan to Churchill Archives Centre from the Turner family.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Admiral Sir (Arthur) Francis Turner, TRNR

Further information

The collection has been catalogued and a paper copy of the catalogue is available for consultation in the reading room of Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

This collection description and catalogue were prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2003, using information from Turner's obituary in the Daily Telegraph (30 October 1991) and from his entry in Who Was Who (A and C Black).

Index Terms
Armed Forces
Naval Personnel
Second World War (1939-1945)
Turner, Sir Arthur Francis (1912-1991) Knight, Admiral
Royal Navy
Churchill/TRNR contains:
1 Notes on Seamanship. Turner's exercise book.
1 file.
Jan 1931-Dec 1931
2 Naval Papers. Includes: material on Turner's early naval career, including certificates of service 1933-55; an article from "Blackman's Column" on his promotion to Admiral; summaries of his career; retirement from the navy; Turner opening the dockside test building at Rosyth dockyard (1970); material on Turner's achievements at Donibristle and its closure in 1959; and a pamphlet on the opening of the frigate complex at Devonport (1977).
1 file.
3 Duties of a staff engineer officer in the naval planning of amphibious operations. Official Admiralty instruction manual.
1 file.
4 Royal Navy Aircraft Officers' visit to Canada and the United States in 1960 to look at issues of naval aircraft ground support. Includes notes and papers on naval engineering and procurement policy; the overhaul and repair department of the US navy; and a report on the findings and observations of the visit.
1 file.
5 Visit of DGA(N) [Director General of Aircraft (Navy)] to RNAY, Fleetlands and to HMS Daedalus for the apprentices' passing out. Includes a programme for Turner's visit and notes on the apprentice training scheme.
1 file.
20 Dec 1966–21 Dec 1966
6 Text of a talk by Mr McFadzean to the Royal College of Defence Studies. Subjects covered include: the oil industry, marine transportation problems and changes since the Second World War.
1 file.
7 Sep 1972
7 Naval Engineering Achievements in the liberation of the Falklands. Text of a lecture by Vice-Admiral Ted Horlick. Includes a covering letter.
1 file.
8 Newspapers. Includes edition of the Daily Telegraph (1 October 1940) and of The Royal Navy (2 November 1972) including a Financial Times report on the sea's wealth.
1 file.
1 Oct 1940–2 Nov 1972

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