GREAVES – William George T.

1393795 – William George T. Greaves, Sgt from Grenada.

He could be the W G Greaves mentioned in RAF Commands website as: , POW in L6, POW# 1311

[Courtesy Jerome Lee, CMHA]


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

ROSS – Colin Patrick

1393775 – C.P. Ross – Leeward & Windward Islands – attested 18.7.41 – Pilot
132098 – F/O – commissioned 27.10.42 – Missing believed killed – D.P. 3.11.43

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

Flying Officer – KIA – Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany

[Source: CG]

LAWRENCE – Edward Albert Hamilton

1393780 – E.A.H. Lawrence – Leeward & Windward Islands – attested 17.7.41 – Pilot
138151 – F/O – commissioned 3.2.43 – D.I. 10.7.44

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

Edward Albert Hamilton Lawrence, from Grenada, where his Father was Reverend Frank Lawrence with the Methodist church.

[Source: Mrs. Jane Smith-Hamilton]

JACKSON – Dunbar ‘Jack’ Arthur

Sergeant – KIA – Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, UK

[Source: CG]

SCOON – Jellicoe Esslemonte Norbert Cecil

F/O – pilot

[Source: CG/Jerome Lee]

From Grenada

[Source: Gillian Hill, granddaughter]



West Indians in the Royal Air Force: A Trinidad (!) accountant, Jellicoe Scoon, recently arrived in England as a Royal Air Force recruit. Aircraftman Scoon was accepted as a pilot, completed elementary flying school training with at least fifty hours to his credit, and was then sent to Service Flying Training School.

[Photograph: IWM CH 5213]






Jellicoe ScoonJellicoe ‘Midnight’ Scoon, according to Squadron Leader Michel Donnet, DFC, of No. 64 Squadron: “…  a black from Trinidad of which we must get rid of because he refuses stubbornly to fly elsewhere than at low altitude…”  (From his book ‘J’ai volé la Liberté’, Mike Donnet, 1968, pages 170-171). In an interview conducted by Mehdi Schneyders in 2011 Mr. Donnet states that on his third day with the Squadron the ‘black from Jamaica’ (!) hedgehopped (his airplane) around a house of a girl he met. For this he was ‘chucked out’ to ‘the islands’ in the north of Scotland, as a means of doing ‘penance’.

[Picture from Mr. Dimitrios Vassilopoulos of Greeks-in-foreign-cockpits, courtesy Mehdi Schneyders]



A group of colored RAF-officers. Front row, from left: [1] unknown, from Jamaica or Belize; [2] Dusty Miller, from Guyana; [3] S/L Corbett (liason); [4] Ulric Cross, from Trinidad; [5] Johnny Smythe, from Sierra Leone; [6] Vivian Rivero, from Trinidad; (previously erroneously identified as: Mark Walker, from Trinidad);
Second row from left: [1] E.A. Gordon from Jamaica; [4] Percy Massiah, from Trinidad; [5] possibly his brother C.A. Massiah from Trinidad; [6] Vivian Thomas from Manchester, Jamaica; [7] Jellicoe Scoon from Grenada. Third row from left: [1] E.R Braithwaite from Guyana? The rest are as yet unknown to us. We invite our visitors to share the names of any person they recognise. [Names courtesy P.L.U. Cross a.o.; Photograph courtesy Audrey Elcombe, copyright unknown - click to enlarge]  



[Source: CG]

No 24 OTU RAF Honeybourne between May and July 1942
[Photograph courtesy of the family of P/O FW Hargreaves who went to 102 Squadron as a Bomb Aimer and then Navigator]


1391848 – J.A. Marryshow – Trinidad – PIlot – attested 6.6.41

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

Flying Officer – fighter pilot – 602 Sqn – Spitfire

[Source: CG, UC]

Served 602 Sqn at Peterhead

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

Son of the late Hon.T.A. Marryshow, CBE, journalist and legislator of Grenada.

[Source: Basil Marryshow, brother]

602 Sqn ‘B’ Flight- Peterhead 1942

602 Sqn ‘B’ Flight – Sumburgh, January 1943

[Photos: Royal Air Force Museum]

Julian Marryshow in the 1980s. He was attending an exhibition at a North London library, researched by Audrey Elcombe, about Black participants in World War 2. The small sepia picture on the bottom of the display is of Julian in his fighter plane. [Source/copyright Audrey Dewjee]

Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant Julian Marryshow of Grenada in the cockpit of his aircraft during WW II
[Source: Gabriel Christian]