BRITTO – Raymond

1803978 – Sergeant – Pilot – No 52 OTU – Spitfire Mk I – KIA at 25

Joined 1st HAA Unit of The Trinidad Volunteers at the beginning of 1940.

Son of Santiaga Roberts, Maraval. Age 25; Daughter is Merle Ursula Britto Lawrence, Moraldo St., Maraval. Killed on 2 Jan 1943 at 1430 hrs at Alston Down while flying Spitfire AR 240; Engine stalled, he attempeted to glide in but spun in hitting the ground near the watch tower building.

[Source: CMHA]

Name: BRITTO, RAYMOND
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sergeant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age: 25
Date of Death: 02/01/1943
Service No: 1803978
Additional information: Son of Santiaga Roberts, of Maraval Village, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 5. R.C. Row FFF. Grave 15.
Cemetery: CIRENCESTER CEMETERY

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

 

ALSTON – Michael R.

109949 – Flying Officer (September 1943) – Pilot – Son of Lt.Col Roy Alston – Killed 7 May 1956 flying Canberra Wt328 at AAEE Boscombe Down

[Source: CMHA]

74 Squadron – flew Spitfires, Mustangs and finished the war in Burma

[Source: Robert Alston]

JOHNSTONE – A.

Pilot – KIA

[Source: CMHA]

RAWLINS – Kenrick Wyville

134366 – Flying Officer – Observer/Navigator – No 8 Group, 139 Sqn, Swanton Morley – Mosquito – KIA at 27

Volunteer Trinidad ETS. a/c flown by Sgt Valentine took off from Swanton Morley at 2150hrs on 12 Aug 1943 for Berlin. Aircraft & crew failed to return. Body never recovered – Son of Charles and Mary Rawlins, of Princes Town, Trinidad, West Indies.

[Source: CMHA, CG]

Studied with Ulric Cross at St. Mary’s, joined RAF together, both 139 Sqn. Shot down in 7th operation

Interview Ulric Cross

[UC]

Name: RAWLINS, KENRICK WYVILLE
Initials: K W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 139 Sqdn.
Age: 27
Date of Death: 13/08/1943
Service No: 134366
Additional information: Son of Charles and Mary Rawlins, of Princes Town, Trinidad, West Indies.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 129.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

POON TIP – Allan Percy

605619 – Flight Sergeant – Pilot – 166 Sqn, RAF Kirmington – Lancaster – KIA

[Source: CMHA]

605619 – A.P. Poon Tip – Trinidad – attested 16.6.43 – Sgt. Navigator UK 16.6.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

POLLARD – Ormond E. Harold

172428 – Pilot Officer – 1 Group, 12 Sqn – Lancaster JB432 – KIA

Volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained at Piarco, posted 12 Sqn raf Wickenby, Lincoln, No 1 Group. Took off from Wickenby at 2218hrs on 3rd June 1944 to bomb Vierson junction but failed to return to base. Listed as missing. DOD from MOD listed as 3 Jun 44 but CWGC has 1 Jul 44

[Source: CMHA]

605476 – O.E.H. Pollard – Trinidad – attested 287.42 – Sgt. Pilot UK 5.1.43
172428 – P/O – commissioned 25.2.44 – missing (FB) 1.7.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

PITTS – Edward Reginald

581243 – Flight Sergeant – Pilot – 70 Sqn – Blenheim – KIA in Greece, body never recovered

[Source: CMHA]

PHILIPPS – Robin Gordon ‘Reggie’

1397461 – Flight Sergeant – Pilot – 183 Sqn – Typhoon JP402 – KIA 28/1-1944 (at 21) – Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK

Educated QRC, volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained at Piarco, 5th Course. A/c was reported to have ditched into the sea 36 miles north of ile de Batz at approximately 1630hrs on 28 Jan 1944, whilst engaged on a fighter sweep. Damage to a/c was sustained over the target. A prolonged SAR failed to find any trace of a/c or body – Son of Henry Browne Philipps and Marie Irene Philipps, of Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.

[Source: CG, CWGC, CMHA]

Name: PHILIPPS, ROBIN GORDON
Initials: R G
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 183 Sqdn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 28/01/1944
Service No: 1397461
Additional information: Son of Henry Browne Philipps and Marie Irene Philipps, of Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 221.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

NUNEZ – George Albert

[Photograph: CMHA]
1391847 – G.A. Nunez – Trinidad – Pilot – attested 6.6.41 –
146436 – P/O – commissioned 2.4.43 – D.F. 1.5.43[Source: NA AIR 2/6876 – Nominal Roll of Coloured Candidates, October 1944]1391847/146436cwgc – Pilot Officer – 5 Group, 9 Sqn, RAF Bawdry – Lancaster ED838 – KIA at 32Took off at 0017hrs on 1 May 1943, to attack Essen, Germany. Nothing further was heard from a/c from time of take off – Son of Albert and Georgiana Nunez; husband of Olive Adella Nunez, of St. Joseph, Trinidad.[Source: CMHA]

Name: NUNEZ, GEORGE ALBERT
Initials: G A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 9 Sqdn.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 01/05/1943
Service No: 146436
Additional information: Son of Albert and Georgiana Nunez; husband of Olive Adella Nunez, of St. Joseph, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 132.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

Lancaster ED838 was lost on the night of 30th April/1st May 1943. The full crew was P.O.Nunez (promoted to Pilot Officer from Sergeant wef 2.4.43), Sgt.A.Beard, Sgt.E.F.Doolittle, Sgt.R.A.Knapman, Sgt.C.H.Collins, Sgt.J.Bayliss and Sgt.D.R.Barber.

ED838 was lost on a mission to Essen. It would appear that the aircraft could well have been claimed by one or more German flak batteries near the Dutch coast, with one of these claiming an aircraft to have been downed to the West of Bergen at 02:36 hours, 1st May 1943. No wreckage or bodies have ever been recovered and all seven crew were logged as Killed-in-Action.

[Source: John Baker]

More details on crash and crew of Lancaster ED838 in a report by John Baker posted on the International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive.

 

 

McBRIDE – James McAllister


[Photograph: CMHA]

113888 – Flight Lieutenant – Pilot – 161 Sqn – Lysander LRV9674 – KIA at 25

Educated QRC; Volunteer UK, 12 Dec 1940. Feb 43 promoted to FO. 1st Tour Wellingtons; 2nd Tour Mosquitoes; 3rd Tour Lysanders – Spec Ops. Crashed while landing in bad weather (heavy fog) at 0353hrs on 17 Dec 1943 at RAF Tangmere. He had been on special operations dropping agents in occupied France along with another Lysander LRV 9367 flown by FO Hankey who crashed at 0402hrs. Both pilots lost their lives. Son of Donald and Jean W. McBride, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Name: McBRIDE, JAMES MCALLISTER
Initials: J M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 161 Sqdn.
Age: 25
Date of Death: 17/12/1943
Service No: 113888
Additional information: Son of Donald and Jean W. McBride, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Square 115. C. of E. Plot. Grave 24.
Cemetery: CHICHESTER CEMETERY

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

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