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Posted on Friday 20th March

Contributed by Henry Wilson, Publishing Manager – Pen and Sword Books.

John Frayn Turner, 9 August 1923 – 2 March 2015

It is with sadness that we report the death of John Frayn Turner. John was the highly respected author of thirty non-fiction books – mainly militaria and biography associated with World War 2. We are proud to have sixteen of his fine works in print including all the titles mentioned below.

Although born in Portsmouth with a Naval family background, he became closely connected with aviation and the Royal Air Force. During the Second World War, John worked at HMS Vernon on magnetic and acoustic mine trials before being conscripted from 1946 to 1948. Shunning a career in accountancy, he went into publishing culminating as editor of House Beautiful magazine. In the 1960s John joined the Air Ministry and was responsible for RAF publicity and recruiting literature. He made numerous test flights, flew at twice the speed of sound and accompanied the Red Arrows. He later became managing editor of five London-based arts magazines. He wrote countless theatre and film reviews.

In 1968, already a well-respected author, John met the legendary Douglas Bader. The two men worked closely on Fight For The Sky and The Bader Wing. Bader wrote the Introduction to John’s classic British Aircraft of World War 2.

Our list also includes acclaimed epics like Invasion ’44, arguably the first full account of D-Day, Fight for the Sea, The Battle of Britain and the definitive VCs of the Second World War and The Awards of the George Cross. He also wrote The Life and Selected Works of Rupert Brooke.

He and Joyce Frayn Turner, the artist, who would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year, recently moved to Cornwall to be near their daughter Francesca, an award winning journalist. John will be greatly missed by all at Pen and Sword and we send our heartfelt sympathy to Joyce and Francesca.

Further Reading

The Battle of Britain

Only £14.99

The Battle of Britain

(Paperback - 256 pages)
by John Frayn Turner

The Battle of Britain was one of the crucial conflicts in the history of civilisation. It started officially on 10 July 1940 and ended on 31 October 1940. Hitler’s plans for the invasion of England were thwarted by two types of fighter aircraft, the Spitfire and Hurricane, and a relative handful of young pilots, The Few.

This fine book tells the momentous story of this unequal struggle, from the key events leading… Read more...


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