HYNAM – Winston Kitchener (Pony)

Winston Kitchener Hynam, 103 Squadron, was awarded the DFM in November 1942 while Sergeant. He was described as an impurturbable and reliable NCO who has served as Wireless Operator/Front Gunner, and Bomb Aimer. In December 1943, now Pilot Officer with 100 Squadron, he was awarded the DFC. Possibly his RAF numbers: 1283669 when Sergeant and 155808 when Pilot Officer (promoted September 1943?) . He is the only West Indian to hold both the DFM and DFC. Used to be Warden of West Indian Students Centre in Earls Court in 1980.

[Source: AE]

WKH At WESC Opening

Winston seen in the background during the opening of the West Indian Students’ Centre in 1955. He is visible just behind Princess Margaret and companions at the 25sec mark of the report by Pathe News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGoDfSzz_7o

[Courtesy Matthew McKinnon]

Winston Hynam flew as Air Bomber in 103 Squadron RAF with Squadron Leader John H. Kennard DFC for 6 ops. [Source: David Fell/ 103 Squadron Website] Military History of Barbados 1627-2007 by Major Hartland Matthew McKinnon is the grandson of Winston Kitchener Hynam. He kindly sent us the photographs below – including images of his logbook. ‘Pony’ Hynam died in 1991 and his widow Doris Hynam passed away in early 2008. They are survived by their daughters Roma and Carole. Mr. McKinnon informs us that Winston was the Warden (and resident, in the top floor flat) of the West Indian Students Centre from 1954 until 1980, where he got to know Cy Grant (who also flew with 103 Squadron) when he would visit. Click on any picture to enlarge.


‘Pony’ Hynam

Pony-2Pony 2
Group 4Air Gunners Course
Group 5
Group 1
Group 2No.50 Bombing Leaders Course, Manby 1943
MissionsList of Missions (2nd tour) RecommendationRecommendation for DFM
Pony & MollyPony & Doris Molynyeaux a.k.a. ‘Molly’, the future Mrs. Hynam

Plaque 2 Plaque 1

4 additions to “HYNAM – Winston Kitchener (Pony)”

  1. C.M. Buckley adds:

    Wonderful to find your information re.”Pony”,
    I knew him as young lad when he visited next door in Ebbw Vale,he had trained with the son of our next door neighbour,John Fenton who was killed in a raid with Bomber Command.
    Would be good to talk to any of Pony,s surviving family
    Mike Bickley

  2. C.M. Buckley adds:

    I would like to speak to any of Ponies surviving family. Tel 02495 223620 UK

  3. Matthew McKinnon adds:

    Mr Buckley – I will be in touch very soon. Apologies for not contacting you earlier, I have only just seen your comments. Best, MM

  4. Matthew McKinnon adds:

    I’ve tried that number and it doesn’t work I’m afraid.
    Can you please let me know another number to contact you on?
    M McKinnon

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