Flight Officer Johnny Smythe, from Sierra Leone, enlisted in the RAF in 1939. He was one of four out of a class of 90, to complete the tough training to be a Navigator. On his 28th bomber mission, in November 1943, he was wounded, shot down, and captured by Germans who could not believe they were looking at a Black officer. In Stalag Luft One, Smythe worked on the escape committee, but couldn’t break out himself: "I don’t think a six-foot-five black man would’ve got very far in Pomerania."
CARIBBEAN WOMEN VOLUNTEERS in WWII BRITAIN - A few of the 600 West Indian women who were recruited for the Auxiliary Territorial Service, arriving in Britain in 1943. The enlistment of these volunteers went forward despite official misgivings and outright obstruction. . Another 80 Caribbean women joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Link goes to article with more photos!