JOSEPH – Collins Alwyn

Flying Officer Arthur O. Weeks, from Barbados, and Flight Sergeant Collins A Joseph of Trinidad, photographed while serving as pilots with No 132 Squadron RAF Fighter Command in 1943.
[Copyright: Air Historical Branch (11478)]

1391721 – P/O C.A. Joseph – Trinidad – Pilot – attested 5.6.41

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

182350 – Pilot Officer – Pilot – 130 Sqn – Spitfire, RM750 – KIA at 28 Volunteer Trinidad ETS, Trained at Piarco, went missing at 1530hrs on 31st December 1944 while on an air operation flying Liege, Aachen, Liege. Son of Elmie Joseph, of San Fernando, Trinidad.
[Source: CMHA]

Flight Sergeant – Pilot – 132 Sqn – Spitfire (1943) [Source: MOD]

222 (Natal) Squadron (1942) [Source: RAF Museum London, see below]

Initials: C A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Unit: 130 Sqdn.
Age: 28
Date of Death: 31/12/1944
Service No: 182350
Additional information: Son of Elmie Joseph, of San Fernando, Trinidad.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial
Reference: VIII. B. 8. Cemetery: HOTTON WAR CEMETERY

Flight Sergeant Collins Alwyn Joseph - No. 132 Squadron

[Photograph: courtesy Mehdi Schneyders]

14, 132 Sqdn,RAF Detling, JJ Caulton front row, 5th from rightPilots of No. 132 City of Bombay Squadron (Detling, 1943-1944), featuring three Caribbean Spitfire-pilots:

F/Sgt James Joseph Hyde (from Trinidad) – front row, third from left.

F/Sgt Arthur O. Weeks (or Weekes, from Barbados) – back row, fourth from left.

F/Sgt Collins Alwyin Joseph (from Trinidad) – back row, sixth from right.

Other identified pilots are:

F/Lt Harold Edward ‘Harry’ Walmsley (British) – front row, eight from left.

F/O John Jeremy Caulton (from New Zealand) – front row, fifth from right.

Henry Lacey Smith (Australian) – front row, fourth from right.

(click on photo to enlarge)

[picture: copyright John Caulton, grandson of F/O J.J. Caulton]

Combat Film No 73. Flying Officer Weekes of 132 Squadron on 21/12/1943 at 1200, flying Supermarine Spitfire IX. Target: Focke-Wulf Fw 190. Fragment No. 73 is at 8:00 minutes into the film, which features a number of fragments of 132 Squadron.

[Copyright Imperial War Museum; courtesy John Caulton]

RAF Museum’s Spitfire Vb, BL614, was flown on a Convoy Patrol by Collins Joseph (then a sergeant with 222 (Natal) Squadron) on 29 November 1942. The museum holds a Combat Report in which he claims a Me 109 destroyed. Below, the pages of the Combat Report and Film Assessment (Click on images to enlarge).

[Courtesy Peter Devitt, RAF Museum London]

3 additions to “JOSEPH – Collins Alwyn”

  1. A.E. Smith adds:


    The following link takes you to a site with a number of spitfire combat reports. One of them belongs to Collins Joseph while at 132 squadron.

    Kind regards,
    A.E. Smith

  2. A.E.Smith adds:

    Hello Jerome

    I’ve found something that hints at C.A.Joseph’s early RAF career. BL614 a Spitfire Vb which is currently on static display in RAF Hendon appears to have been flown by a Sgt C.A. Joseph in Nov 42 while in 222 squadon – though I have to say I’m not sure if this isn’t another pilot as Joseph isn’t a rare surname by any means.

    Kind regards,
    Andy Smith

  3. Jerome Lee adds:

    The spitfire production lists at states his spitfire as RM760 and not 750 as we had. Joseph was apparently brought down by U.S. ground fire near Malmedy!

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