Warfare in News

Posted on Monday 7th April

The Pilots of the Caribbean exhibition at the Royal Air Force Museum's London site hosted a visit by the Mayors of 6 London boroughs last week.

Mayors from six London boroughs – Brent, Barnet, Croydon, Islington, Kensington and Southwark – visited the museum to view the exhibition on 31 March at an event attended by Mark Johnson and Steve Martin of the Black Cultural Archives.

The exhibition, put together with the help of Mark Johnson, author of the bestselling new book Caribbean Volunteers at War, (Pen & Sword, 2014) tells the story of black RAF volunteers from the Caribbean, Africa and from Britain during the First and Second World Wars. It commemorates their vital contribution to the defence of Britain, her Empire and the Commonwealth.

Museum Curator Peter Devitt commented that:

'The RAF was the first military service to take on board the issue of diversity and the exhibition, which tells the story of the brave black volunteers over time, has been exceptionally popular with visitors.'

Pilots of the Caribbean will be on display at the RAF Museum's London site until 22 April, after which it will be moved to RAF Museum Cosford for permanent display.

For more information on the exhibition, see the RAF Museum website www.rafmuseum.org.uk

Further Reading

Caribbean Volunteers at War

Only £19.99

Caribbean Volunteers at War

(Hardback - 216 pages)
by Mark Johnson

All of a sudden there was the rush of an immense shadow coming towards him at terrific speed. It was the ground reaching up to gather him. The date was 26 June, 1943 and Cy Grant was the rarest of things - a black West Indian RAF crew member, blown out of his exploding Lancaster bomber.

The heroic exploits of the Caribbean men and women who volunteered their services to the… Read more...

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