Picture on the left shows Cy Grant as he was portrayed in the Nazi-propaganda paper Der Völkische Beobachter. Caption reads: ‘Ein Mitglied der Royal Air Force von unbestimmbarer Rasse’ (A member of the Royal Air Force of indeterminable race). The clipping was given to Grant by the commander of POW-camp Stalag Luft III in Silesia.
1397467 – P/O C.E.L. Grant – attested 10.10.41 – commissioned 6.2.43 – F/O 188338 Pilot
Missing – P/War 26.6.43
[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 - Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]
Flight Lieutenant – Navigator – 103 Squadron – Lancaster – POW 1943-1945
Actor – stage, film, TV;
Singer – concert, cabaret, record;
Co-founder Drum Arts Centre;
Director Concord Multicultural Festivals;
Author: A Member of the RAF of Indeterminate Race (a war memoir) Woodfield, 2006,
Ring of Steel: pan sound & symbol, Macmillan 1999,
Blackness & the Dreaming Soul: Race, Identity & the Materialistic Paradigm, Shoving Leopard, 2007;
Rivers of Time (collected poems) Naked Light 2008.
[Trinidad Guardian 18 January 1944 - Courtesy Jerome Lee, CMHA]