INNISS – Aubrey

Wing Commander, Aubrey Inniss, DFC, wartime fighter ace, was born in Barbados on November 21, 1916. He joined the RAF in January 1939 on a service commission and by September when war broke out he had been trained and was posted to 236 Squadron, flying the Blenheim 4Fs on anti-shipping duties. On September 23, 1940 Inniss had his first kill when he shot down a Heinkel He 111. In 1941 he was posted to the 248 Squadron, flying the Beaufighter which was a powerful and much faster aircraft with four 20mm cannon and six machine guns. Patrolling from St. Eval in Cornwall to as far as the Bay of Biscay, he was able to shoot down two Ju 88s in January and March 1943. In July of the same year he was awarded his DFC having added another victim to his tally. He was later promoted to Wing Commander and ended the war with seven (7) kills. Aubrey Inniss retired from the RAF in 1958 and along with his wife Ruth, ran a fishing pub at Sheepwash, North Devon. After his wife‘s death in 1975, he spent most of his time in Barbados and died there on January 30th, 2003 at the age of 86.

[Source: Barbados Postal Service]

In 2008 the Barbados Postal Service issued a set of stamps commemorating their men who served in the Royal Air Force in WW2, Aubrey Inniss is portrayed on the one to the right. More »

PATON – Donald

Wing Commander – Pilot – Bombers/Fighters

Volunteer Trinidad ETS, trained Piarco 1st Course. Awarded DSO, DFC

[source: CMHA]


Served with 600 Squadron in North Africa and Italy flying Mosquito nightfighters and later Hurricanes.

[source: Ben Paton, see comment below]

POWELL – Egbert Keith, ‘E.K.’

Wing Commander

[Source: CG]

Egbert Keith Powell was in the RAF in the war in bomber command. He was 17. The Imperial War Museum has a recording he did in 1995 explaining his role.

Egbert Keith ‘EK’ Powell. Born 21/1-1925 Linstead, Jamaica.
Joined RAF in Januari 1943. Served as flight engineer with Transport Command, RAF and 47 Sqdn, RAF in GB, 1944-1945
Demobilized in 1948 with the rank of Pilot Officer.

Content description
REEL 1 Background in Jamaica, 1925-1943: father and grandfather’s military service; historical Jamaican military involvement; reasons for enlistment underage, 1/1943; reaction of mother to enlistment. Training with RAF in GB, 1943: basic training at RAF Cardington, 13/3/1943; re- mustering for aircrew training; flight engineer training at RAF Hereford; question of British moral question of treatment by civilians; story relating to civilian rationing; opinion of British. Recollection of operations with RAF Transport Command and 47 Sqdn, 1944-1945: role of flight engineer on a Lancaster bomber; story of illness on way to join bomber squadron at Great Dunmore, Essex and posting to Transport Command; story of being shot down over Arnhem in a Douglas Dakota; seventeen operations with 47 Sqdn flying Lancasters; aspects of an operation, including, reaction to operation beforehand; pilot’s role; take off and assembling; anti aircraft fire over coast; flight engineer’s role; role of rear gunner; in-flight conversations.
REEL 2 Continues: question of responsibility and training; bombing target and fatigue; story of being in a damaged Handley Page Halifax bomber, opinion of Lancaster’s characteristics; armament; question of personal morale. Background of return to full time education; question of effects of war; post war career and post of Minister for Public Utilities; question of age and responsibility during wartime service.

[Courtesy: Nigel Powell]