R/95750 – Desmond Michael De Silva – W/O – 218 Squadron – KIA 24/08/1943
[Sources: CWGC and RCAF Casualty List 0918 and Chorley’s; courtesy Alieneyes]
W/O De Silva DFM shows up with parents in Flushing, NY. RCAF Casualty List 0918, however, shows W/O Desmond Michael De Silva DFM as being from Georgetown, British Guiana.
CWGC says 218 Squadron but Chorleys has him lost as a rear gunner on a Stirling from No. 623 Squadron. Both list him as an American from Flushing Meadows, NY City.
RCAF Casualty List 0918 and Chorley’s
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]
Winston Kitchener Hynam, 103 Squadron, was awarded the DFM in November 1942 while Sergeant. He was described as an impurturbable and reliable NCO who has served as Wireless Operator/Front Gunner, and Bomb Aimer.
In December 1943, now Pilot Officer with 100 Squadron, he was awarded the DFC.
Possibly his RAF numbers: 1283669 when Sergeant and 155808 when Pilot Officer (promoted September 1943?) .
He is the only West Indian to hold both the DFM and DFC.
Used to be Warden of West Indian Students Centre in Earls Court in 1980.
Military History of Barbados 1627-2007 by Major Hartland
Sergeant/Warrant Officer – Pilot – 15 sqn – Lancaster – DFM
ATS; 33 Missions, awarded DFM. Post war RAF Wyton, Lincoln B2
[Source: CG, CMHA]