PITTS – Jack J.

Sergeant – Navigator

Volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained Piarco, 1st Course. Further training Canada. Initial training ? Pilot then Nav. Possibly no ops.

[Source: CMHA]

605560 – J.J. Pitts – Trinidad – attested 7.4.43 – Sgt. Pilot UK 28.9.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

PEYTON – Donald ‘Paton’

Wing Commander – Pilot – Bombers/Fighters

Volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained Piarco 1st Course. Awarded DSO, DFC

[source: CMHA]

PEREIRA – Roderick Neville

Flight Lieutenant – Pilot – 49 + 83 Sqn – Lancaster – born 1927

Sgt Trinidad Volunteers, volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained at Piarco. Based at Coltishall on Lancasters & Pathfinder force. Bombed Turin (9hr Flt). No 83 Sqn. Son of Charles Pereira and brother of Charles Vernon. Awarded DFC. Was a BWIA Pilot

[source: CMHA}

F/Lt R. N. Pereira,  D.F.C., who flew 40 ops total with 49 and 83 (Pathfinder) squadron.
He is standing infront of “U for Uncle”…his aircraft. “Uncle’s” last flight terminated in a successful gear-up landing after a tyre blew on takeoff, on a flight to Italy to retrieve prisoners of war immediately after the war ended.

[Source: Peter Pereira; Photo courtesy Peter Pereira]



PEREIRA – Charles Vernon

Flight Lieutenant – Pilot – 139 Sqn, 105 Sqn – Mosquito – Born 1913

[Source: CMHA]

My dad was on the Jena Raid and his faithful “N for Nuts” lost an engine just before the target. He also witnessed the two aircraft to his side collide and roll down the hillside in a ball of flames. The BBC made a recording of that raid and broadcast it on “Target for tonight”.
He returned safely (460 miles) on one engine at low level in spite of a narrow escape flying slap over a German airfield with FW 190s in the circuit; for some reason they did not intercept him (his mother’s constant prayers no doubt)!
The previous Operation was a high level night attack on Berlin which according to his log book was “a good trip”.
Jena was his last Op’ with 139 and he was posted to 105 Squadron with the Assessment of Ability as a pilot as “Exceptional”.
I know that the RAF did not give that assessment easily.

Brother of Roderick Neville Pereira.

[Source: Peter Pereira]









C. Vernon Pereira and his navigator “Taffy” G.H. Gilbert of Cardiff, before the raid on Jena and afterwards getting out of the aircraft.

[Photo's copyright Imperial War Museum]


Letter GH Gilbert aka Taffy 1

Letter GH Gilbert aka Taffy 2













Letter by G.H. Gilbert a.k.a. ‘Taffy’, Mr. Pereira’s navigator, describing his time with the RAF during WW2. More details about this letter in the 3rd comment below. (Click on images to enlarge)

[Courtesy Mr. Richard Batley]


RNVR – Pilot – Fighters

[Source: CMHA]

PANTIN – Kenneth J.

Pilot Officer – RCAF

[Source: CMHA]

OXLEY – Edmund J.

Flight Lieutenant – DFC

[Source: CMHA]

NORTON – Noel P.

Sergeant – Bomb aimer – 7 Sqn – Lancaster

[Source: CMHA]

605568 – N.P. Norton – Trinidad – attested 7.4.43 – Sgt. A/B UK 16.6.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

More details about his life and post-war career in comment below.

Noel RAF











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Men of 7 Squadron (Noel Norton is second row, second from right)

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Noel Norton in 1944

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Noel relaxing with art

 [All pictures courtesy Ms. Christine Norton, Trinidad: 'he cherished these shots']

NOEL – Roderick

Flight Lieutenant

[Source: CMHA]

Possibly Radio-operator?



[Photo: courtesy David Noel]


NAIMOOL – Elijah

Squadron Leader – Pilot

[Source: CMHA]

Elijah Naimool












[Photograph: courtesy Mrs Jo-Ann Ali-Nandalal]

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