Jamaican Pilot

In many ways, the relatively new RAF was the most colour-blind of the three services. Manpower and pilots were in such short supply that anyone who had the technical skill, prior experience or aptitude to fly was accepted into the service. It also sought pilots from all over the Empire. The Battle of Britain was a case in point whereby pilots from all over the Empire, defeated nations and from supporters from countries which had not yet entered the war were all inducted into the RAF and quickly pressed into service. It was an interesting counterweight to the Nazi ideas of racial superiority. The British were proving that talent was best engendered by the use of a wide net.

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