THOMAS – Vivian

‘As far as I know my granddad was born in Christiana in the parish of Manchester in Jamaica and moved to the UK to serve with the RAF – I believe he lied about his age so he could enlist!

The exact details of his role during the war remain a bit of a mystery as he rarely spoke about it.  However there were hints that he was involved in searching for U-Boats’

[Source: Leon Thomas]


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]  

4 additions to “THOMAS – Vivian”

  1. Shirley Moulton adds:

    My Dad, Headley Addison Moulton served in the RAF. He was stationed in Stafford, England in the #16 Maintenance Unit. He enlisted 10/05/1944 and was Honorably discharged 28th of February 1948.

    This statement is shown on his RAF – Brief Statement of Service and Certificate of Discharge (I have the original copy).

    “He enlisted in the trade of Flight Mechanic under training and remustered to the trade of Clerk Provisioning in the classification of Leading Aircraftman on 10th October, 1944. He was appointed acting Corporal unpaid on 14th of March 1946 and Acting Corporal paid on 12th of April 1946.
    He wad given every satisfaction in his work and is recommended for employment in the trade of book-keeper and accountant.”

    This document is signed by both my Dad and his Group Captain Commanding. It’s also has the unit date stamp.


  2. Jackie Wallace adds:

    E R Braithwaite could be Edward Ricardo Braithwaite the author of To Sir With Love

  3. Bruyninckx A ndré adds:

    I am looking for information relatives and fotos of HERBERT PERCIVAL THOMAS 514SQN KIA 3/5/45 at Bunsbeek Belgium RAF SGT 605706 AIR GUNNER sun of Alexander and Susan Thomas Beckford Kraal Clarendom maybe born UK
    Thanks André

  4. Judy Cummings adds:

    I’m attempting to get info about my father who was a gunner during ww2 in the Royal Air Force. He didn’t give his accurate age which seemed common at that time. He was from Spanish Town, Jamaica and never spoke much about his experience there. His name : Linton James Cummings date of birth 2/6/26. Any info would be appreciated.

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