RICHARDSON – William Stanley Augustus (Ricky)

1800665 – W.S. Richardson – Jamaica – attested 29.12.41 – Ach/Pilot

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

Flight Lieutenant

[Source: CG]

1800665 / 178936 – William Stanley Augustus Richardson – Jamaica – Navigator – Flight Lieutenant

Ricky Richardson joined the RAF in 1941 after seeing an advertisement in a Jamaican newspaper.  He arrived in Britain in November of that year.  Qualifying as a navigator, he began operational flights in late 1943.  He took part in bombing raids that sunk the German battleship Lutzow and on Hitler’s Eagle Nest retreat at Berchtesgaden, in Bavaria.  For more of Ricky’s story, see his obituary at:

Commissioned Pilot Officer July, 1944  (see London Gazette supplement: 36674, 25 August 1944)

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Flt. Lt. William Stanley (Ricky) Richardson (cropped)

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