KERNAHAN – Kenneth Ian

127462 – Pilot Officer – Pilot – 1 Group, 12 Sqn – Lancaster, ND 679 – KIA 28/5-1944 (at 23) – Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK

Volunteer Trinidad ETS, Trained at Piarco, Took off at 0015hrs on 27 May 1944 to bomb AACHEN. Aircraft and crew failed to RTB. Name commemorated on Runnymead Memorial. Son of Harold Joseph Kernahan, and of Gladys Eugenie Kernahan, of Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.

[Source: CMHA, CG, CWGC]

Name: KERNAHAN, KENNETH IAN
Initials: K I
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 12 Sqdn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 28/05/1944
Service No: 172462
Additional information: Son of Harold Joseph Kernahan, and of Gladys Eugenie Kernahan, of Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 211.
Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

JOSEPH – Collins Alwyn

Flying Officer Arthur O. Weeks, from Barbados, and Flight Sergeant Collins A Joseph of Trinidad, photographed while serving as pilots with No 132 Squadron RAF Fighter Command in 1943.
[Copyright: Air Historical Branch (11478)]

1391721 – P/O C.A. Joseph – Trinidad – Pilot – attested 5.6.41

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

182350 – Pilot Officer – Pilot – 130 Sqn – Spitfire, RM750 – KIA at 28 Volunteer Trinidad ETS, Trained at Piarco, went missing at 1530hrs on 31st December 1944 while on an air operation flying Liege, Aachen, Liege. Son of Elmie Joseph, of San Fernando, Trinidad.
[Source: CMHA]

Flight Sergeant – Pilot – 132 Sqn – Spitfire (1943) [Source: MOD]

Name: JOSEPH, COLLINS ALWYN
Initials: C A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit: 130 Sqdn.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 31/12/1944
Service No: 182350
Additional information: Son of Elmie Joseph, of San Fernando, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial
Reference: VIII. B. 8. Cemetery: HOTTON WAR CEMETERY
[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

Flight Sergeant Collins Alwyn Joseph - No. 132 Squadron

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Photograph: courtesy Mehdi Schneyders]

14, 132 Sqdn,RAF Detling, JJ Caulton front row, 5th from rightPilots of No. 132 City of Bombay Squadron (Detling, 1943-1944), featuring three Caribbean Spitfire-pilots:

F/Sgt James Joseph Hyde (from Trinidad) – front row, third from left.

F/Sgt Arthur O. Weeks (or Weekes, from Barbados) – back row, fourth from left.

F/Sgt Collins Alwyin Joseph (from Trinidad) – back row, sixth from right.

Other identified pilots are:

F/Lt Harold Edward ‘Harry’ Walmsley (British) – front row, eight from left.

F/O John Jeremy Caulton (from New Zealand) – front row, fifth from right.

Henry Lacey Smith (Australian) – front row, fourth from right.

(click on photo to enlarge)

[picture: copyright John Caulton, grandson of F/O J.J. Caulton]

Combat Film No 73. Flying Officer Weekes of 132 Squadron on 21/12/1943 at 1200, flying Supermarine Spitfire IX. Target: Focke-Wulf Fw 190. Fragment No. 73 is at 8:00 minutes into the film, which features a number of fragments of 132 Squadron.

[Copyright Imperial War Museum; courtesy John Caulton]

 

HYDE – James Joseph

Flight Sergeant James Hyde of San Juan, Trinidad, a Spitfire pilot who arrived in Britain in 1942 to begin his training, here pictured in 1944 with his Squadron’s mascot, a dog called ‘Dingo’. He is wearing a life jacket, known universally as a Mae West, and is holding an oxygen mask and his flying gloves. Most air battles took place at altitudes in excess of 15,000 feet (c. 5000 metres) and oxygen and thermal protection were vital.

[Source: www.movinghere.org.uk – Imperial War Museum (IWM) Reference CH11978]

1391841 – J.J. Hyde – Trinidad – W/O – Pilot – attested 6.6.41 – M. 25.9.44

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

1391841 – Warrant Officer – Pilot – 132 Sqn – Spitfire IXE, PL316 – KIA at 27 Volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained at Piarco. Took off at 1525hrs on 25 Sep 1944, tasked with providing aerial cover during the battle of Arnhem. Killed in dog fight over Nijmegan. Probably shot down by a/c of Jagdkorps II, probably I/JG26 or II JG26 which claimed 4 Spitfires each. See Top guns of the Luftwaffe, D Caldwell, pg 281. German a/c FW 190D-9 or Bf 109G-6. – Son of Joseph and Millicent Hyde, of San Juan, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Name: HYDE, JAMES JOSEPH Initials: J J Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Warrant Officer (Pilot) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 132 Sqdn. Age: 27 Date of Death: 25/09/1944 Service No: 1391841 Additional information: Son of Joseph and Millicent Hyde, of San Juan, Trinidad. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: 17. A. 7. Cemetery: JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]   Sgt Hyde 25 Course 58 OTU Grangemouth, Scotland August 1942

25 Course 58 OTU Grangemouth, Scotland, August 1942
Front row: Sgt. Mclaren, F/O Sanders, F/L Zweigbergh, S/Ldr Robinson, F/O Siekierski, P/O Czernecki;
2nd row: Sgt. Tamowicz, Sgt. Syperek, Sgt. Pomietlarz, Sgt. Sliwinski, Sgt. Blazejczyk, F/Sgt. Banys;
3rd row: Sgt. Dunajewski, F/Sgt. Chute, Sgt. Hyde, Sgt. Bielicki, Sgt. Ballantyne, Sgt. Bedowski.

Photo courtesy Kelvin Youngs, aircrewremembered.com]

From Operations Records Book, 164 (Argentine-British) Squadron at Peterhead

3.11.42 Another good day, with light West wind and about 30 miles visibility. the squadron practiced formation-flying, dog-fighting etc. P/O Young with Sgts. Hyde, Hynes & Hingston searched for a crashed Master aircraft from Fraserburgh without success.

12.11.42 Spit. V.B. W3426 Sgt. Hyde J.J. – Convoy Patrol 11:30-13:15 – Routine, without incident
15.11.42 Spit. V.B. AB133   Sgt. Hyde J.J. – Scramble 11:15-11:30 – No interception made
24.11.42 Spit. V.B. EP244  Sgt. Hyde J.J. – Convoy Patrol 15:50-17:10 – Patrol completed, without incident
29.11.42 Spit V.B. AB133   Sgt. Hyde J.J. – Convoy Patrol 9:15-10:50 – Convoy patrol, Patrol carried out without interruption
1.12.42 Spit. V.B. EP249   Sgt. Hyde J.J. – Convoy Patrol 12:30-13:25 – Routine Patrol
8.12.42 Spit. V.B. EP249  Sgt. Hyde J.J. – Convoy Patrol 8:40-1030 – Carried out without incident

[Courtesy: Mark E .Salt, Buchan Aero Club/RAF Peterhead Historian]

 

14, 132 Sqdn,RAF Detling, JJ Caulton front row, 5th from rightPilots of No. 132 City of Bombay Squadron (Detling, 1943-1944), featuring three Caribbean Spitfire-pilots:

F/Sgt James Joseph Hyde (from Trinidad) – front row, third from left.

F/Sgt Arthur O. Weeks (or Weekes, from Barbados) – back row, fourth from left.

F/Sgt Collins Alwyin Joseph (from Trinidad) – back row, sixth from right.

Other identified pilots are:

F/Lt Harold Edward ‘Harry’ Walmsley (British) – front row, eight from left.

F/O John Jeremy Caulton (from New Zealand) – front row, fifth from right.

Henry Lacey Smith (Australian) – front row, fourth from right.

(click on photo to enlarge)

[picture: copyright John Caulton, grandson of F/O J.J. Caulton]

Combat Film No 73. Flying Officer Weekes of 132 Squadron on 21/12/1943 at 1200, flying Supermarine Spitfire IX. Target: Focke-Wulf Fw 190. Fragment No. 73 is at 8:00 minutes into the film, which features a number of fragments of 132 Squadron.

[Copyright Imperial War Museum; courtesy John Caulton]

 

GREENIDGE – John Alexander

J86525 – Pilot Officer – RCAF – 419 Sqn – Halifax – KIA 30/3-1944 (at 26) – Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, UK

Son of John and Eva Greenidge, of Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies.

[Source: CMHA, CG, CWGC]

GILKES – Leslie Francis

“Two 9 Sqdn Air Gunners before Hamburg. Probably 2-3/8/43. Sgt. J.C. Dickinson RCAF & Sgt. L.F. Gilkes from Trinidad.” [Source & copyright: W. Woollard Garbett/ Goulding Collection - courtesy AE]

1810281 – Flight Sergeant – RAFVR – Gunner – 9 Sqn, 5 Group – Lancaster – KIA

Volunteer Trinidad trained at Piarco Nov 42. Lancaster ED 493, Pilot Sgt D McKenzie was lost on a bombing mission on Hamburg on 2 Aug 1943. They flew through the great storm and probably bombed south of the target. Flying well south of the return route, the aircraft was shot down at approx 0130hrs by an ME 110 nighfighter of IV-NJG, flown by Ofar K Scherfling. The crew were on their 7th mission of their 1st tour. Aircraft crashed into the sea just off the coast of Texel, Holland. All crew perished. Bodies never recovered.

Gilkes name commemorated on the Runnymede memorial, Panel 150. Son of Joseph and Octavia Gilkes, of Siparia, Trinidad, West Indies. [Source: CMHA] Name: GILKES, LESLIE FRANCIS Initials: L F Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 9 Sqdn. Date of Death: 03/08/1943 Service No: 1810281 Additional information: Son of Joseph and Octavia Gilkes, of Siparia, Trinidad, West Indies. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 150. Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

ELDER – Alexander Graeme

754780 – Flight Sergeant – RAFVR – Pilot – 214 Sqn. – Wellington – KIA at 19

Son of Alexander and Drusilla Elder, of Westminster, London.

[Source: CMHA]

DOS SANTOS – Theophilus

J26605 – Pilot Officer – RCAF – Air Gunner – 426 Sqn – Halifax – KIA at 20 on 18 August 1943

Educated QRC; Age 20; left Trinidad to enlist in Canada. KIA on a Berlin raid 18 Aug 1943. Buried Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery; Plot 7, Row 2; Collective Grave 11-13 – Son of Patrick and Fanny Dos Santos, of Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

De MEILLAC – Yves

1397457 – Flight Sergeant – Pilot – 90 Sqn, 3 Group – Short Stirling – KIA

Volunteer ETS, trained at Piarco. Stirling bomber BK723 took off from RAF Wratling Common at 1800hrs 3 Oct 1943 for mission against Kassel. This was his 1st mission. Aircraft was severely damage by flak over target. Aircraft ditched in the middle of the North Sea at approximately 2030hrs on its way home. All 7 crew perished. Body never recovered. Name commemorated at Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 147.

[Source: CMHA]

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

De MEILLAC – Guy Maurice Marie Legarrigue

139579 – Pilot Officer – Navigator/Bomb aimer -7 Sqn, 8 Group – Short Stirling – KIA

Stirling R9199 of 7Sqn, Bomber Command, pilot FO L J Stewart took off from RAF Oakington, Cambs at 2119hrs on 8 April 1943 for bombing mission against Duisberg. The aircraft failed to return and was presumed shot down. Body never recovered. Name is commemorated at Runnymeade Memorial, Panel 131.

[Source: CMHA]

CIPRIANI – Thomas Michael

1802664 – T.M. Cipriani – Trinidad – Ach/P – attested 19.2.42
F/O – commissioned 10.12.43

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

154714 – Flying Officer – Pilot – 126 Sqn – Spitfire – KIA at 22

Educated QRC; Only son of Mikey Cipriani; Spitfire MH 474 lost at 1650hrs on 22 Nov 1944 on air operations Haijbergen, Holland. Buried at Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 15.

Oral history: was visiting relatives when he was recalled for the op. Story of deliberately crashing his aircraft into an ammunition train. Unconfirmed. Son of Michael and Daisy Cipriani, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.

[Source: CMHA]

Name: CIPRIANI, THOMAS MICHAEL
Initials: T M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit Text: 126 Sqdn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 22/11/1944
Service No: 154714
Additional information: Son of Michael and Daisy Cipriani, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 15.
Cemetery: SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY

Spitfire LF.IX serial MH474 coded 5J-X took off 21-11-1944 for a sweep from Bradwell Bay but suffered engine failure and landed at B.79 Woensdrecht, Holland. Took off from B.79 22-11-1944 and again suffered engine problems, unfortunately crashed near Antwerpen (still looking for the exact location)

[Source: www.WW2chat.com]

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