McCOY – Lacombe Alphonsus

[Picture: Dominica Legion, a branch of the Royal Commonwealth Ex Servicemen League, courtesy Gabriel Christian]

1394216 – L.A.A. McCoy – Leeward & Windward Islands – attested 17.7.41 – Ach/Obs
P/O – commissioned 17.10.42- Missing believed killed

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

This stamp was issued in 1998 to mark the 80th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. It reflect the portraits of Dominicans who served with Honor as RAF Aircrew. From left to right; Wallace Wordsworth Plenderlieth, L.A. McKoy, Harold Cherberd Bryant, DFC, Clifford Severin, Edward Dyrample (AKA Edward Scobie). McKoy, Bryant and Osmunde St. Claire Alleyne were killed in action. Their names are on the cenotaph on Victoria Street Roseau next to the battlements of the old British Army Fort Young (within which a modern hotel now nestles – cannons and all). Every year the aged veterans (very few left), the Police, Scouts, Girl Guides and Army Cadets of the Dominica Cadet Corps parade by in honor to men who are considered heroes for the gallant service rendered in the fight for democracy and freedom.

[Courtesy Gabriel Christian]

ROSS – Colin Patrick

1393775 – C.P. Ross – Leeward & Windward Islands – attested 18.7.41 – Pilot
132098 – F/O – commissioned 27.10.42 – Missing believed killed – D.P. 3.11.43

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

Flying Officer – KIA – Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany

[Source: CG]

LAWRENCE – Edward Albert Hamilton

1393780 – E.A.H. Lawrence – Leeward & Windward Islands – attested 17.7.41 – Pilot
138151 – F/O – commissioned 3.2.43 – D.I. 10.7.44

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

Edward Albert Hamilton Lawrence, from Grenada, where his Father was Reverend Frank Lawrence with the Methodist church.

[Source: Mrs. Jane Smith-Hamilton]

FORBES – Leslie G.

1800754 – L.G. Forbes – Jamaica – attested 1.1.42 – Ach/A.C./Pilot – F/O

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

Based in Scotland

[Pictures: Courtesy Wayne Forbes]

GORDON – E.A.

1259312 – E.A. Gordon – Jamaica – attested 26.7.40 – W.Op/A.G. – commissioned 26.8.44 – S.Inj. 5.4.4?

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

A group of colored RAF-officers. Front row, from left: [1] unknown, from Jamaica or Belize; [2] Dusty Miller, from Guyana; [3] S/L Corbett (liason); [4] Ulric Cross, from Trinidad; [5] Johnny Smythe, from Sierra Leone; [6] Mark Walker, from Trinidad; Second row from left: [1] E.A. Gordon from Jamaica; [4] Percy Messiah, from Trinidad; [5] possibly his brother C.A. Messiah from Trinidad; [6] Vivian Thomas from Manchester, Jamaica; [7] Jellicoe Scoon from Grenada. Third row from left: [1] E.R Braithwaite from Guyana? The rest are as yet unknown to us. We invite our visitors to share the names of any person they recognise. [Names courtesy P.L.U. Cross a.o.; Photograph courtesy Audrey Elcombe, copyright unknown - click to enlarge]

The gentleman in the second row left is my father, F/O Egbert Arthur Alexander Gordon from S. Mary, Jamaica.  He was born on January 26th, 1919, and migrated to the U.S.A. in 1950 (New York City, Brooklyn) where his mother, my grandmother lived.  He later moved to Jamaica, Queens (1957), and then on to Albuquerque (Rio Rancho) with my English mother where they both died. My Dad was a bombardier – navigator.  He also ran track in the R.A.F.

[Source: Mr Andrew Michael Gordon, Jamaica}

MelissaGordon adds:
The 2nd row 1st on the left is my Dad, F/O Egbert A Gordon from Jamaica. He left Jamaica to join the RAF with his lifetime friend, Vincent A Bunting and they flew and served with distinction together. Both married British ladies and had British born children, Dad had 3 in England 1 in New York, Vin had 1 in England, 1 in Antigua and 1 in Jamaica. At the end of the war, Dad took his family to New York where his Mother had migrated, and Vincent Bunting moved to Antigua, and then later back to Jamaica. This photo has always been in our family along with many more from Dad’s RAF days and we are proud of his service and to identify our loving Father on this site. [Source: Melissa Gordon]

SMITH – F.D.

1800672 – F.D. Smith – Jamaica – attested 30.12.41 – Ach/Pilot
P/O – commissioned 20.8.43

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

PHILIPS – C.H.

1800612 – C.H. Philips – Jamaica – attested 29.12.41 – Ach/Pilot
161493 – P/O – commissioned 24.7.43 – POW 4.12.43

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

HAZELL – V.B.

1377112 – P/O V.B. Hazell – Jamaica – attested 29.8.40 – Flight/Mech. (‘Jet Eng’?) – commissioned 9.6.44 – DFM

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

Inscription on the back: To Syd form Viv, Kingston Jamaica, British West Indies 30/4/45
[Photograph courtesy Max Dyson, son of Syd Dyson]

MAURA – John

1382324 – J. Maura – Bahamas – attested 25.11.40 – F/L Pilot
109493 – commissioned 22.10.41 – S(erious?) inj(ured?) 27.2.42

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

FIZUL-KARIM

(1811281) – P/O Fizul-Karim – British Guiana – commissioned 16.6.44 – Ach/P.N.B. – attested 5.11.42

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

[Source: Caribbeanmuslims.com]

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