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Name: Ronald Turnbull Mark
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Country: England
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 24
Victories: 14
Born: 1898
Place of Birth: Newcastle-on-Tyne
Place of Death:  
No notes for Ronald Turnbull Mark.
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Ronald Turnbull Mark, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed great determination and resource during operations in attacking enemy troops and transport with machine gun fire. Observing some enemy transport in a village, he attacked it repeatedly and caused it to stampede. While on an offensive patrol he attacked and destroyed an enemy two-seater machine. He has destroyed one other enemy machine and driven down others out of control.
Military Cross (MC) Bar
T./2nd Lt. Ronald Turnbull Mark, M.C., Gen. List, and R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer and another pilot were escorting a formation of machines engaged on bombing a village, when seven enemy scouts attacked the bombers. They both attacked these scouts, but at the outset the other pilot's machine was set on fire, and 2nd Lt. Mark's right-hand top plane broke. During the fight that ensued each came to the rescue of the other. 2nd Lt. Mark first caused the other pilot's pursuer to break off his attack, and then the other pilot shot down the scout attacking 2nd Lt. Mark. The action of both these officers, in practically immanoeuvrable machines, in coming to the rescue of each other in turn showed courage and self-sacrifice of a very high order.
   (M.C. gazetted 22nd June, 1918.)
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 18 Feb 1918 0830 24 S.E.5a (B67) DFW C (OOC) 1 La Fère
2 18 Feb 1918 1430 24 S.E.5a (B67) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of St. Quentin
3 19 Feb 1918 0840 24 S.E.5a (B67) DFW C (DESF) 2 Servais
4 19 Feb 1918 0850 24 S.E.5a (B67) Rumpler C (DES) 2 Bernot
5 26 Feb 1918 0900 24 S.E.5a (B67) Fokker DR.I (DES) 3 E of Samoussy
6 11 Mar 1918 1315 24 S.E.5a (C6397) C (OOC) 4 E of Bellenglise
7 13 Mar 1918 1245 24 S.E.5a (C6397) C (OOC) Bellicourt
8 15 Mar 1918 1020 24 S.E.5a (C9494) Rumpler C (DES) 5 N of Premonte
9 17 Mar 1918 1825 24 S.E.5a (B8411) Pfalz D.III (OOC) SW of Ramicourt
10 22 Mar 1918 1540 24 S.E.5a (B8411) Albatros D.V (DESF) E of Matigny
11 26 Mar 1918 1700 24 S.E.5a (B8411) C (DES) Guyencourt
12 04 Apr 1918 1730 24 S.E.5a (B8411) Rumpler C (CAP) 6 St. Nicholas
13 23 Apr 1918 1415 24 S.E.5a (C6417) Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Warfusée
14 03 May 1918 1145 24 S.E.5a (C5367) Fokker DR.I (OOC) 7 Marcelcave

1 Shared with 2Lt Horace Barton, Lt Andrew Cowper
2 Shared with Lt Andrew Cowper, Lt Peter MacDougall, Lt Reuben Hammersley
3 Shared with Lt Ian McDonald, 2Lt James Dawe, 2Lt W F Poulter (C9494), 2Lt H V L Tubbs (C9542), 2Lt Herbert Richardson
4 Shared with Capt Alfred Brown, 2Lt P J Nolan (C5301), 2Lt Herbert Richardson, Lt E W Lindeburgh (B125)
5 Shared with Lt Andrew Cowper, Lt Herbert Richardson
6 Shared with 2Lt Conway Farrell
7 Shared with Capt Cyril Lowe
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