BRAITHWAITE – Eustace Edward Adolphus Ricardo

1898688 – BRAITHWAITE – Eustace Edward Adolphus Ricardo – British Guiana [Guyana]

The online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography lists him as “Braithwaite, Eustace Edward Adolph Ricardo [known as E. R. Braithwaite]”, but he enlisted in the RAF as Eustace Adolphus Braithwaite, at Euston [London], early in 1943.

[courtesy AD]

Edward Ricardo Braithwaite, writer, teacher and diplomat, born 27 June 1912; died 12 December 2016.

[Source: the Guardian, obituary]

RAF Pilot from Guyana

[Source: Wikipedia]

E. R. Braithwaite, the author of “To Sir With with Love” (a book remembered for its film and theme song) was a pilot with the RAF


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]  



12 additions to “BRAITHWAITE – Eustace Edward Adolphus Ricardo”

  1. Albert Applewhaite adds:

    Albert Applewhaite from Guyana was in the west indian RAF

  2. gillian hill adds:

    Jellicoe Scoon was my grandad and he was from Grenada

  3. Ysmin Deborah Braithwaite adds:

    Please note that E.R.Braithwaite is my father in law Randolph Theophilus Braithwaite.
    From Trinidad.

  4. Ysmin Deborah Braithwaite adds:

    Please delete the comment prior I mistook Mr.Cross for my father in law

  5. Ysmin Deborah Braithwaite adds:

    It seems I am incorrect.

  6. Darrell adds:

    With the passing of E.R. Braithwaite this picture may get more attention. It would be good to add it to the Wikipedia article on Mr. Braithwaite. Are you sure he is correctly identified? It appears he is wearing a noncommissioned officer’s uniform, not a pilot’s?

  7. Mr J G Burgoyne adds:

    In my view ER Braithwaite is second from the left in the front row. This is not to disrepect Dusty Miller; I compared ERB‘s Obit photo from the Times (15 Dec 2016, with different DOB). The 3rd row person has different cheekbones. Does anyone have ERB‘s war service record? JGB

  8. James adds:

    Many RAF pilots were NCOs, not officers, in the Second World War. Is there any evidence that Braithwaite was commissioned? Miller, on the other hand, was definitely commissioned.

  9. Levi Dexter adds:

    one of the men is Vivian Rivero . front row very right. is my father.

  10. Wes Montgomery adds:

    Some years ago, here in the States, I heard E.R. Braithwaite being interviewed on a local radio station about his life and works. During the interview, he briefly touched upon his wartime service with the RAF. He was a pilot in Fighter Command and had flown combat missions over Occupied Europe. (I would like to know what squadron(s) he served with and if he flew Spitfires in combat.)

  11. Levi Dexter adds:

    [6] Vivian Romero,
    should be Vivian Rivero =D

  12. Anthony Rubino adds:

    I am writing a piece about E.R Braithwaite’s memoir. I think it is interesting that he just skips over his war service with a line or two. Many WW2 veterans did the same.
    I’ve always been moved at Winston Churchill’s statement about the RAF fliers; that…”never has so much been owed to so few.” In Andy Rooney’s book, My War I got a real glimpse of the courage it took for the fliers to get back in their planes and go up again.
    I would like to know more about Mr. Braithwaite’s service so I can include it in my piece.

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