LIND – Raymond

There is an Acting Flt. Lt. Raymond Lind in 1945 mentioned on Forces War Records website, but it is uncertain if this is the same person.

[Source: Caribbean Roll of Honour]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I notice from your website that there is an uncertainty about Ray Lind. I can confirm that he was indeed in the RAF during World War II, that he joined the RAF in 1942 from his home in Belize, British Honduras.

He was with 199 (Bomber Support) Squadron in 1944 . . .  mentioned in a book on the war-time squadron where Bomber Command launched an attack on Konigsbery and Settin on 29 August Ray Lind, pilot of Stirling aircraft LJ595 EX-N, section 1, part of a ‘windows’ diversionary raid. Also mentioned in October ’44 during the ‘Second Battle of the Rhur” again on a Diversionary Raid, dropping “Windows” around Brussels and continuing on to west of Frankfurt; return to their base at North Creake, Norfolk.

Ray rose from Flight Sergent, Flying Officer to Flight Lieutenant. He was awarded the DFC on 17th July, 1946. His service number I think is: 170076.

He died in Birchington, Kent on 10th July, 2017 age 99 years. (born 13-1-18)

[Source: pjpopple@gmail.com]

Attached photos:

Ray posed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Photo

Ray2 CREW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray with his aircrew

 

Ray & Duke1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray with Duke of Edinburgh (out in south east Asia possibly Malaya)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARCHAND – Chester

MARCHAND, CHESTER JOSEPH FRANCIS

Nationality: British Honduras
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit
Text: 7 Sqdn. Date of Death: 26/08/1944
Service No: 158046
Additional information: Of British Honduras.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial
Reference: Panel 207.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL,UK.

[Source: Caribbean Roll of Honour]


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Source: Unknown pulication, courtesy Nadia Cattouse via Audrey Dewjee]

 

EGERTON-EVES – Charles


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Servicemen and women from the West Indies pictured in a BBC studio broadcasting messages home on the weekly overseas service, 19 October 1943. From left to right: Private Norma Marsh and Aircraftman Arthur Chin (both from Kingston, Jamaica); Private Nellie Forrester (from Montego Bay, Jamaica), Sapper Darnley Watts (of St Michael’s, Barbados); Nurse Vernice Lewis and Aircraftman Edwin Angus (both of Kingston, Jamaica); Pilot Officer Charles Egerton-Eves (of Stann Creek, British Honduras). On the far left of the photograph is Una Marson of the BBC.

[Source: Imperial War Museum]


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Source: Unknown pulication, courtesy Nadia Cattouse via Audrey Dewjee]

 

WAIGHT – Cassian Henry

1396398 – C.H. Waight – British Honduras – attested 16.9.41 – Ach/W/Op.Air
172841 – P/O – commissioned 3.2.44

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

F/S – Henry Cassian Waight – British Honduras (Belize), born 1912

Bomb Aimer on Lancaster DV 267, 101 Squadron, SR-K
KIA 19/20-2-44 on raid to Leipzig

This aircraft was one of 109 from an order for 200 from Metropolitan Vickers built as Lancaster BIII with Merlin 28 engines and delivered between May and November 1943

Crew:
Pilot: W/O LAURENS John  171908 DFM
Buried in Leek (Tolbert) Protestant Cemetery, Row K Grave 2

Pilot2: Sgt KIBBLE W A G
POW – Prisoner No 3848 at Stalag Kopernikus

Engineer: F/Sgt BURTON  L
POW – Prisoner No 3843 at Stalag Kopernikus

Navigator: Sgt AITKEN R N
POW – Prisoner No 609 at Stalag Luft Bankau – Kreulberg

B/Aim: Sgt WAIGHT Cassian Henry – 172841
Buried in Noordijk Protestant Cemetery. Row 27 Grave 10

W/Op: Sgt DAVIES J A
POW – Prisoner No 698 at Stalag Luft Bankau – Kreulberg

AG: Sgt ROYSTONE A E
POW – Prisoner 1902 at Stalag Kopernikus

AG: Sgt BOLT William Frederick Donald 1587851
Buried in Leek (Tolbert) Protestant Cemetery, Row K Grave 1

Took off from Ludford Magna at 23:38. Crashed near Tolbert, 17 km WSW of Groningen, Holland. A report claims that Sgt Waight died from a broken neck, his body was discovered at Noordijk.

W/O Laurens immediate DFM was gazetted on 25/01/44

[Source: Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Volume 5 1944 by W R Chorley]

In other source Listed as P/O, Wop/AG

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/11813844


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Source: Unknown publication, courtesy Nadia Cattouse via Audrey Dewjee]

 

Cassian Henry Waight: Remembrance Day in Noordwijk (the Netherlands)

A moving report of the Dutch Rememberance Day (May 4th) in the town of Noordwijk. The yearly commemoration includes a memorial service which honours Cassian Henry Waight and all the men and women who sacrificed their lives during the Second World War. The local people lay flowers at the grave of Mr. Waight and stand in silence as The Last Post is played.

[Movie by Idse van der Donk aka soopy movie on YouTube]

WALLEN – E.E.L.

605632 – E.E.L. Wallen – Br. Honduras – attested 31.7.43 – Sgt. Navigator UK 25.6.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

SABIDO – W.J.

605631 – W.J. Sabido – Br. Honduras – attested 31.7.43 – P/O Wireless Operator/Air Gunner #5 OTU 28.7.44
165820 – P/O – commissioned 14.7.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

PINKS – Clifton Norman Rhys

605630 – C.N.R. Pinks – Br. Honduras – attested 31.7.43 – P/O Wireless Operator/Air Gunner #2 RC 5.12.44 – UK 18.12.44
165819 – P/O – commissioned 14.7.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

Flt. Lt. Clifton Norman Rhys Pinks (1923-2014)

Clifton Pinks was born in British Honduras (now Belize) on 6 February 1923. After leaving St. John’s College, he worked in the Civil Service.

In 1941, he volunteered to train as an officer in the Royal Air Force, based in Canada, and came to England in 1943 as a Signalman Air Gunner. After the war, he went to Aberdeen University to study medicine and was involved in top level athletics. The press alluded to Clifton as the ‘Dark Flash’.

He rejoined the Royal Air Force in 1950 and was involved in 1961 with experimental flying with V bombers – Victors, Valiants and Vulcans – at Farnborough. Also in 1961, he went back to Belize on the first plane with medical relief after Hurricane Hattie.

On retirement from the RAF in 1978, he became a courier for the Ministry of Defence, where he remained until 1988.  Between 1988 and 2000, Clifton represented Belize at Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League functions, meeting Nelson Mandela, Her Majesty the Queen, H.R.H. Prince Philip and others, as well as carrying the flag for Belize at the Royal Albert Hall for the Remembrance Service.

Clifton Pinks passed away on September 7, 2014, leaving his wife Margaret [whom he met at the Mecca Dance Hall in Manchester in September, 1945], five children, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

During his life he had experience of extensive worldwide travel. His many achievements included being a Royal Air Force Welterweight Boxing Champion, Royal Air Force 100 yards and 220 years and Hop Skip and Jump Champion and Scottish Universities 100 yards and 220 yards Champion. He was also a basketball referee and Secretary for English and Royal Air Force Basketball Associations.

[Information taken from the order of service at the funeral of Flt. Lt. Pinks.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clifton Pinks and his wife-to-be Margaret Mary Tivey

YBARRA – A.T.

605629 – A.T. Ybarra – Br. Honduras – attested 31.7.43 – P/O Wireless Operator/Air Gunner #5 OTU 29.7.44
165818 – P/O – commissioned 14.7.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

BARROW – R.J.

605504 – R.J. Barrow – Br. Honduras – attested 28.10.42 – P/O Pilot #3 S.F.T.S.
154098 – F/O – commissioned 15.10.43

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

BALDERAMOS – Leopold C.

605503 – Leopold (‘Poli’) C. Balderamos – British Honduras (NB: should be Belize!) – attested 28.10.42 – Sgt. Wireless Operator/Air Gunner UK 22.10.43

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leopold (“Poli”) Balderamos, on leave, visiting his cousin, the actress, singer and songwriter Nadia Cattouse, also from Belize, (who had joined the ATS) at Achnasheen, in Scotland.

[Photo: Courtesy of Nadia Cattouse]

LEOPOLD CLIFFORD (“POLI”) BALDERAMOS  (1927-2002)

Leopold Balderamos joined the RAF in 1942 and flew Stirling bombers with 196 Squadron.

After the war he transferred to civil aviation and spent a considerable time with the CAA visiting many airports both in the UK and Europe before returning to Belize, where he became Chief Civil Aviation Officer.  In January 1966, as Chief Commissioner of the Boy Scouts, British Honduras, he was awarded the M.B.E. in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.

Evidence from the internet:

“My father Leopold Balderamos joined the RAF in 1942 and flew Stirling bombers with 196 Squadron. After the war he transferred to civil aviation and spent considerable time with the CAA visiting many airports both in the UK and Europe before returning to Belize.”
[Posted by Philip Balderamos on http://www.businesssystemsuk.co.uk/InformationCentre/News/On-the-trail-of-historic-voice-recorders-the-jokes-on-us/ ]

Chief Civil Aviation Officer of Belize in 1965
[http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076855/00028]

In January, 1966, “Leopold Clifford Balderamos, Esq, Chief Commissioner of the Boy Scouts, British Honduras” was awarded the M.B.E. by the Queen.
[http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/43854/supplements/25/page.pdf]

He died in 2002.  There is a brief obituary on this site:  http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/16103

“The Leopold (Poli) Balderamos Lifetime Achievement Scouting Award”, a scouting award presented in Belize honours his name.  [http://www.scoutsbelize.org/news/latest/120-scouts-hold-centenary-awards-banquet]

[Research: Audrey Dewjee]

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