Flight Lieutenant – based in Yorkshire
[Source: CG, AD]
605497 – A.S. Wint – Jamaica – attested 28.10.42 – P/O Pilot UK 25.3.44
55645 – F/O – commissioned 28.1.44
[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]
605497 – A.S. Wint – Jamaica – P/O – commissioned 28.1.44 – Pilot G.D. Branch
[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 - Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]
Arthur Wint, Jamaican Olympic runner who served in the RAF from 1941 to 1945
Copyright © Arthur Wint, Estate. 2003 All rights reserved.
F/Lt Authur Stanley Wint (May 25, 1920 – October 19, 1992) was the first Jamaican Olympic gold medalist, winning the 400 m at 1948 Summer Olympics. In 1942 he joined the Royal Air Force and set the Canadian 400 m record while training there. He was sent to Britain for active combat during the World War II as a pilot. He left the Royal Air Force in 1947 to attend St Bartholomew’s Hospital as a medical student.Wint, known as the Gentle Giant, was born in Plowden, Manchester, Jamaica. In 1937 he was the Jamaica Boy Athlete of the year, the following year he won a gold medal in the 800 m at the Central American Games in Panama. In Helsinki 1952 he was part of the historic team setting the world record while capturing the gold in 4 x 400 m relay. He also won silver in 800 m, again coming second to Mal Whitfield.He ran his final race in 1953 at Wembley Stadium, finished his internship, graduated as a doctor and the following year he was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. In 1955 Wint returned to Jamaica eventually settling in Hanover as the only resident doctor in the parish. In 1973 he was awarded the Jamaica honour of the Order of Distinction. He served as Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Britain from 1974 to 1978. He was inducted in the Black Athlete’s Hall of Fame in the US (1977), the Jamaica Sports Hall of Fame (1989) and the Central American & Caribbean Athletic Confederation Hall of Fame (2003).