COOK – Francis Stewart Crichton

COOK, FRANCIS STEWART CRICHTON Initials: F S C Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (Pilot) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 103 Sqdn. Date of Death: 26/02/1943 Service No: 1382496 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave 4. C. 2-20. Cemetery: RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY.

Reported as F S G Cook from Jamaica, MIA in one-liner carried in Trinidad Guardian 2 July 1943, info from West India Circular of May 1943

FORBES – Thomas Leslie Gladstone

1800754 – L.G. Forbes – Jamaica – attested 1.1.42 – Ach/A.C./Pilot – F/O

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

Service number after commission: 153459 [AD]

Based in Scotland


[Pictures: Courtesy Wayne Forbes]

GORDON – Egbert Alexander

1259312 – E.A. Gordon – Jamaica – attested 26.7.40 – W.Op/A.G. – commissioned 26.8.44 – S.Inj. 5.4.4?

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

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] [Names courtesy P.L.U. Cross a.o.; Photograph courtesy Audrey Elcombe, copyright unknown – click to enlarge]

The gentleman in the second row left is my father, F/O Egbert Arthur Alexander Gordon from S. Mary, Jamaica.  He was born on January 26th, 1919, and migrated to the U.S.A. in 1950 (New York City, Brooklyn) where his mother, my grandmother lived.  He later moved to Jamaica, Queens (1957), and then on to Albuquerque (Rio Rancho) with my English mother where they both died. My Dad was a bombardier – navigator.  He also ran track in the R.A.F.

[Source: Mr Andrew Michael Gordon, Jamaica}

MelissaGordon adds:
The 2nd row 1st on the left is my Dad, F/O Egbert A Gordon from Jamaica. He left Jamaica to join the RAF with his lifetime friend, Vincent A Bunting and they flew and served with distinction together. Both married British ladies and had British born children, Dad had 3 in England 1 in New York, Vin had 1 in England, 1 in Antigua and 1 in Jamaica. At the end of the war, Dad took his family to New York where his Mother had migrated, and Vincent Bunting moved to Antigua, and then later back to Jamaica. This photo has always been in our family along with many more from Dad’s RAF days and we are proud of his service and to identify our loving Father on this site. [Source: Melissa Gordon]

SMITH – Frank Dudley

1800672 – F.D. Smith – Jamaica – attested 30.12.41 – Ach/Pilot
P/O – commissioned 20.8.43

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

Service no. on Commission  153220

[Courtesy AD]

F/Lt Frank Dudley Smith (MBE)

[Picture courtesy Smith Family]

Frank Smith left his home in Kingston, Jamaica to go to war in 1941. Trained initially at Greenwood, Nova Scotia, the RCAF and RAF base that was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, he passed all the necessary tests to become a navigator and was commissioned as a Flight Lieutenant in early 1943. A further period with the Air Navigation School in Hamilton, Ontario followed, and his logbook suggests he first flew as a Mosquito navigator on 14 September 1943 with pilot Flight Lieutenant Ross Gray. Frank was finally signed off as having “V. G. all round ability and an above average pupil in all respects”.

On 17 April 1944, still with Flight Lieutenant Gray, he was assigned to the RCAF’s 418 Squadron – Canada’s highest-scoring squadron in World War II for both air-to-air and air-to-ground kills, in day and night operations over occupied Europe, according to one authority. He flew in action in France over the Seine Region, Chartres, St. Michel, Amiens, Clermont Ferrand and the Meuse-Rhine area, as well as Denmark and Brussels and, on 6 June 1944, the Normandy beaches, according to his logbook, which is extant.

For his service, Flight Lieutenant Smith was awarded the 1939–1945 Star, which was the overseas war service star for WW II. To earn this star soldiers had to complete six months of active service. He was also awarded the France and Germany Star, granted for operational service on land in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany after the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 until 8 May 1945, the date of the end of active hostilities in Europe.

[Text Donna Wynter]

PHILLIPS – Cecil Harold

1800612 – C.H. Philips – Jamaica – attested 29.12.41 – Ach/Pilot
161493 – P/O – commissioned 24.7.43 – POW 4.12.43

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

HAZELL – Vivian Benjamin

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]

VEITCH – Robert

605823 – Robert Veitch – Jamaica – attested 24.3.44 – AC2 u/t Flight Engineer UK 11.7.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]


COUSINS – Audley George Woodrow

605772 – A.G.W. Cousins – Jamaica – 31.12.43 ut/ FME UK 16.6.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

CAMERON – Francis James

605771 – F.J. Cameron – Jamaica – attested 31.12.43 – ut/ Flight Engineer UK 3.5.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

WICKERS – Derrick Stanley

605680 – D.S. Wickers – Jamaica – attested 18.9.43 – ACH u/t Pilot UK 24.11.44

[Source: NA AIR 2/6876]

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