HARRIES – Thomas

Flight Lieutenant – pilot – 19 Sqn – Mustang – POW

Shot down by flak over a V1 site. Taken POW. Retired 1945

[Source: CMHA]

605483 – T.M. Harries – Trinidad -attested 28.7.42 – P/O Pilot UK 5.1.43
136418 – F/L – commissioned 4.12.42 – POW 28.2.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

CARRINGTON – Edgill R.

1399188 – E.R. Carrington – Trinidad – Ach/Obs. – attested 19.11.41
133251 – F/O – commissioned 7.1.43 – P/War 26.7.43 (?)

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

Pilot Officer – Pilot – Halifax – POW

Educated QRC; Volunteer ETS; trained Piarco; Shot down while flying a Halifax. POW. Died April 1990

[Source: CMHA]

ANDERSON – Basil C.

Rear Gunner – 218 Sqn – Lancaster – POW

[Source: CMHA]

[Trinidad Guardian 18 January 1944 - Courtesy Jerome Lee, CMHA]

BOURNE – Don

Ian D. Bourne – Pilot Officer – Pilot – Spitfire X – POW

Son of Bertram H. Bourne (from Trinidad?) – educated QRC – volunteered ETS – trained at Piarco 2nd in class – flying a PRU Spitfire from Benson – first operational flight – reported missing July 1942 – POW – Joined regular RAF post-war, killed 26 July 1953, Squadron Leader, flying Gloster Meteor

[Source: CMHA]
ATS, Piarco, Trinidad. 2nd Course – Standing: F.W. Farfan, K. Rostant, T.H. Meyer – Sitting: I. Bourne, R. Williams (instructor), Lieut. J.F. Carroll (chief instructor), W. Brown (ground engineer), J.D. Lenagan/Lennigan? (senior cadet) [Source: CMHA]

GRANT – Cy

Cy Grant
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.

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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

Barrister
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.

Article in Black History 2009

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[Trinidad Guardian 18 January 1944 - Courtesy Jerome Lee, CMHA]

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