NUNEZ – George Albert

[Photograph: CMHA]
1391847 – G.A. Nunez – Trinidad – Pilot – attested 6.6.41 -
146436 – P/O – commissioned 2.4.43 – D.F. 1.5.43[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 - Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]

1391847/146436cwgc – Pilot Officer – 5 Group, 9 Sqn, RAF Bawdry – Lancaster ED838 – KIA at 32Took off at 0017hrs on 1 May 1943, to attack Essen, Germany. Nothing further was heard from a/c from time of take off – Son of Albert and Georgiana Nunez; husband of Olive Adella Nunez, of St. Joseph, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Name: NUNEZ, GEORGE ALBERT
Initials: G A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 9 Sqdn.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 01/05/1943
Service No: 146436
Additional information: Son of Albert and Georgiana Nunez; husband of Olive Adella Nunez, of St. Joseph, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 132.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

Lancaster ED838 was lost on the night of 30th April/1st May 1943. The full crew was P.O.Nunez (promoted to Pilot Officer from Sergeant wef 2.4.43), Sgt.A.Beard, Sgt.E.F.Doolittle, Sgt.R.A.Knapman, Sgt.C.H.Collins, Sgt.J.Bayliss and Sgt.D.R.Barber.

ED838 was lost on a mission to Essen. It would appear that the aircraft could well have been claimed by one or more German flak batteries near the Dutch coast, with one of these claiming an aircraft to have been downed to the West of Bergen at 02:36 hours, 1st May 1943. No wreckage or bodies have ever been recovered and all seven crew were logged as Killed-in-Action.

[Source: John Baker]

 

McBRIDE – James McAllister


[Photograph: CMHA]

113888 – Flight Lieutenant – Pilot – 161 Sqn – Lysander LRV9674 – KIA at 25

Educated QRC; Volunteer UK, 12 Dec 1940. Feb 43 promoted to FO. 1st Tour Wellingtons; 2nd Tour Mosquitoes; 3rd Tour Lysanders – Spec Ops. Crashed while landing in bad weather (heavy fog) at 0353hrs on 17 Dec 1943 at RAF Tangmere. He had been on special operations dropping agents in occupied France along with another Lysander LRV 9367 flown by FO Hankey who crashed at 0402hrs. Both pilots lost their lives. Son of Donald and Jean W. McBride, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Name: McBRIDE, JAMES MCALLISTER
Initials: J M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 161 Sqdn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 17/12/1943
Service No: 113888
Additional information: Son of Donald and Jean W. McBride, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Square 115. C. of E. Plot. Grave 24.
Cemetery: CHICHESTER CEMETERY

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

KING – Herbert Allan

05474 – Flight Sergeant – pilot – 542 Sqn – Spitfire EN424 – KIA 14/4-1944 (at 25) – Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK

Volunteer Trinidad ETS, last course. Trained at Piarco. Shot down by AA fire at 1425hrs on 14 Apr 1944 twenty miles north of Le Havre. A/C was engaged in air reconnaisance operation at the time. Body never recovered. Commemorated at Runnymead – Son of George Reynold King and Beatrice Ann King, of St. Michael, Barbados, British West Indies.

[Source: CMHA, CG, CWGC]

605474 – H.A. King – Trinidad – attested 28.7.42 – Sgt. Pilot UK 28.3.43
Missing (FB) 14.4.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

KERNAHAN – Kenneth Ian

127462 – Pilot Officer – Pilot – 1 Group, 12 Sqn – Lancaster, ND 679 – KIA 28/5-1944 (at 23) – Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK

Volunteer Trinidad ETS, Trained at Piarco, Took off at 0015hrs on 27 May 1944 to bomb AACHEN. Aircraft and crew failed to RTB. Name commemorated on Runnymead Memorial. Son of Harold Joseph Kernahan, and of Gladys Eugenie Kernahan, of Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.

[Source: CMHA, CG, CWGC]

Name: KERNAHAN, KENNETH IAN
Initials: K I
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 12 Sqdn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 28/05/1944
Service No: 172462
Additional information: Son of Harold Joseph Kernahan, and of Gladys Eugenie Kernahan, of Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 211.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

JOSEPH – Collins Alwyn

Flying Officer Arthur O. Weeks, from Barbados, and Flight Sergeant Collins A Joseph of Trinidad, photographed while serving as pilots with No 132 Squadron RAF Fighter Command in 1943.
[Copyright: Air Historical Branch (11478)]

1391721 – P/O C.A. Joseph – Trinidad – Pilot – attested 5.6.41

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 - Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]

182350 – Pilot Officer – Pilot – 130 Sqn – Spitfire, RM750 – KIA at 28 Volunteer Trinidad ETS, Trained at Piarco, went missing at 1530hrs on 31st December 1944 while on an air operation flying Liege, Aachen, Liege. Son of Elmie Joseph, of San Fernando, Trinidad.
[Source: CMHA]

Flight Sergeant – Pilot – 132 Sqn – Spitfire (1943) [Source: MOD]

Name: JOSEPH, COLLINS ALWYN
Initials: C A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit: 130 Sqdn.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 31/12/1944
Service No: 182350
Additional information: Son of Elmie Joseph, of San Fernando, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial
Reference: VIII. B. 8. Cemetery: HOTTON WAR CEMETERY
[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

Flight Sergeant Collins Alwyn Joseph - No. 132 Squadron

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Photograph: courtesy Mehdi Schneyders]

14, 132 Sqdn,RAF Detling, JJ Caulton front row, 5th from rightPilots of No. 132 City of Bombay Squadron (Detling, 1943-1944), featuring three Caribbean Spitfire-pilots:

F/Sgt James Joseph Hyde (from Trinidad) – front row, third from left.

F/Sgt Arthur O. Weeks (or Weekes, from Barbados) – back row, fourth from left.

F/Sgt Collins Alwyin Joseph (from Trinidad) – back row, sixth from right.

Other identified pilots are:

F/Lt Harold Edward ‘Harry’ Walmsley (British) – front row, eight from left.

F/O John Jeremy Caulton (from New Zealand) – front row, fifth from right.

Henry Lacey Smith (Australian) – front row, fourth from right.

(click on photo to enlarge)

[picture: copyright John Caulton, grandson of F/O J.J. Caulton]

Combat Film No 73. Flying Officer Weekes of 132 Squadron on 21/12/1943 at 1200, flying Supermarine Spitfire IX. Target: Focke-Wulf Fw 190. Fragment No. 73 is at 8:00 minutes into the film, which features a number of fragments of 132 Squadron.

[Copyright Imperial War Museum; courtesy John Caulton]

 

HYDE – James Joseph

Flight Sergeant James Hyde of San Juan, Trinidad, a Spitfire pilot who arrived in Britain in 1942 to begin his training, here pictured in 1944 with his Squadron’s mascot, a dog called ‘Dingo’. He is wearing a life jacket, known universally as a Mae West, and is holding an oxygen mask and his flying gloves. Most air battles took place at altitudes in excess of 15,000 feet (c. 5000 metres) and oxygen and thermal protection were vital.

[Source: www.movinghere.org.uk – Imperial War Museum (IWM) Reference CH11978]

1391841 – J.J. Hyde – Trinidad – W/O – Pilot – attested 6.6.41 – M. 25.9.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 - Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]

1391841 – Warrant Officer – Pilot – 132 Sqn – Spitfire IXE, PL316 – KIA at 27 Volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained at Piarco. Took off at 1525hrs on 25 Sep 1944, tasked with providing aerial cover during the battle of Arnhem. Killed in dog fight over Nijmegan. Probably shot down by a/c of Jagdkorps II, probably I/JG26 or II JG26 which claimed 4 Spitfires each. See Top guns of the Luftwaffe, D Caldwell, pg 281. German a/c FW 190D-9 or Bf 109G-6. – Son of Joseph and Millicent Hyde, of San Juan, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Name: HYDE, JAMES JOSEPH Initials: J J Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Warrant Officer (Pilot) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 132 Sqdn. Age: 27 Date of Death: 25/09/1944 Service No: 1391841 Additional information: Son of Joseph and Millicent Hyde, of San Juan, Trinidad. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: 17. A. 7. Cemetery: JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]   Sgt Hyde 25 Course 58 OTU Grangemouth, Scotland August 1942

25 Course 58 OTU Grangemouth, Scotland, August 1942
Front row: Sgt. Mclaren, F/O Sanders, F/L Zweigbergh, S/Ldr Robinson, F/O Siekierski, P/O Czernecki;
2nd row: Sgt. Tamowicz, Sgt. Syperek, Sgt. Pomietlarz, Sgt. Sliwinski, Sgt. Blazejczyk, F/Sgt. Banys;
3rd row: Sgt. Dunajewski, F/Sgt. Chute, Sgt. Hyde, Sgt. Bielicki, Sgt. Ballantyne, Sgt. Bedowski.

[Photo courtesy Kelvin Youngs, aircrewremembered.com]

 

 

14, 132 Sqdn,RAF Detling, JJ Caulton front row, 5th from rightPilots of No. 132 City of Bombay Squadron (Detling, 1943-1944), featuring three Caribbean Spitfire-pilots:

F/Sgt James Joseph Hyde (from Trinidad) – front row, third from left.

F/Sgt Arthur O. Weeks (or Weekes, from Barbados) – back row, fourth from left.

F/Sgt Collins Alwyin Joseph (from Trinidad) – back row, sixth from right.

Other identified pilots are:

F/Lt Harold Edward ‘Harry’ Walmsley (British) – front row, eight from left.

F/O John Jeremy Caulton (from New Zealand) – front row, fifth from right.

Henry Lacey Smith (Australian) – front row, fourth from right.

(click on photo to enlarge)

[picture: copyright John Caulton, grandson of F/O J.J. Caulton]

Combat Film No 73. Flying Officer Weekes of 132 Squadron on 21/12/1943 at 1200, flying Supermarine Spitfire IX. Target: Focke-Wulf Fw 190. Fragment No. 73 is at 8:00 minutes into the film, which features a number of fragments of 132 Squadron.

[Copyright Imperial War Museum; courtesy John Caulton]

 

GREENIDGE – John Alexander

J86525 – Pilot Officer – RCAF – 419 Sqn – Halifax – KIA 30/3-1944 (at 26) – Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK

Son of John and Eva Greenidge, of Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.

[Source: CMHA, CG, CWGC]

GILKES – Leslie Francis

“Two 9 Sqdn Air Gunners before Hamburg. Probably 2-3/8/43. Sgt. J.C. Dickinson RCAF & Sgt. L.F. Gilkes from Trinidad.” [Source & copyright: W. Woollard Garbett/ Goulding Collection - courtesy AE]

1810281 – Flight Sergeant – RAFVR – Gunner – 9 Sqn, 5 Group – Lancaster – KIA

Volunteer Trinidad trained at Piarco Nov 42. Lancaster ED 493, Pilot Sgt D McKenzie was lost on a bombing mission on Hamburg on 2 Aug 1943. They flew through the great storm and probably bombed south of the target. Flying well south of the return route, the aircraft was shot down at approx 0130hrs by an ME 110 nighfighter of IV-NJG, flown by Ofar K Scherfling. The crew were on their 7th mission of their 1st tour. Aircraft crashed into the sea just off the coast of Texel, Holland. All crew perished. Bodies never recovered.

Gilkes name commemorated on the Runnymede memorial, Panel 150. Son of Joseph and Octavia Gilkes, of Siparia, Trinidad, West Indies. [Source: CMHA] Name: GILKES, LESLIE FRANCIS Initials: L F Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 9 Sqdn. Date of Death: 03/08/1943 Service No: 1810281 Additional information: Son of Joseph and Octavia Gilkes, of Siparia, Trinidad, West Indies. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 150. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

ELDER – Alexander Graeme

754780 – Flight Sergeant – RAFVR – Pilot – 214 Sqn. – Wellington – KIA at 19

Son of Alexander and Drusilla Elder, of Westminster, London.

[Source: CMHA]

DOS SANTOS – Theophilus

J26605 – Pilot Officer – RCAF – Air Gunner – 426 Sqn – Halifax – KIA at 20 on 18 August 1943

Educated QRC; Age 20; left Trinidad to enlist in Canada. KIA on a Berlin raid 18 Aug 1943. Buried Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery; Plot 7, Row 2; Collective Grave 11-13 – Son of Patrick and Fanny Dos Santos, of Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

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