Overseas pilots in the RAF

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Click to enlarge image While the role of foreign squadrons in the RAF Fighter Command is well known, the participation of individuals which volunteered ...

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While the role of foreign squadrons in the RAF Fighter Command is well known, the participation of individuals which volunteered from all over the World is arguably far less documented. Some Spitfire pilots in the RAF came from the least expected places. Here, F/O Arthur O. Weeks, from Barbados, and F/Sgt Collins A. Joseph of Trinidad pose for a publicity photograph in front of the Spitfire Mk. Vb. Both were serving as pilots with No. 132 (City of Bombay) Squadron RAF during 1943. The location is probably Gravesend or Eastchurch.

Unfortunately, the fate of both pilots could not be established, so any aditional information from the readers is welcome.

Note also that the wartime censor has scratched out the individual emblem carried by the Spitfire.
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By andrew  |  2010-01-13 at 13:53  |  permalink

F/Sgt Joseph was KIA at the very end of 1944 . . . bodenplatte maybe? info on F/O Weeks is a bit short – perhaps he survived.

for those interested, the website http://www.caribbeanaircrew-ww2.com/ is definitely worth a look

Andy

By Allan Hillman  |  2014-11-13 at 10:22  |  permalink

Sadly Collins Joseph, by then commissioned as Pilot Officer C A Joseph, was lost at 15.30 on 31 December 1944, whilst flying with 130 (Punjab) Squadron, while on an air operation flying Liege – Aachen, bought down by US ground fire near Malmedy whilst flying Spitfire XIV RM760.

125 Wing ORB

31/12/44

“….We got no joy, and so far no news has been received of P/O Joseph of 130 Sqdn who failed to return from the last sortie flown by the “Punjabs” on the last day of the old year….”

No mention is made of this incident in the 130 Squadron ORB, nor is P/O C A Joseph mentioned in the casualties for December 1944, but the incident is recorded for 1 January 1945 after the German attack on their ALG (Y.32 Ophoven) “Later on in the day three patrols of 4 aircraft were flown in the Malmedy area. During one of these patrols P/O Josephy was hit by Allied flak and he spun in W. of Malmedy. His body was recovered and buried by the American Army!

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