Remembrance Day stories
June 6, 1944 – D-Day, The Allied Invasion of Hitler’s Fortress Europe
Bajans and other Caribbean warriors were there. May God bless them all. Here are a few items that I found on the net about Bajan Warriors during World War II…
An article written June 13, 2004 provides background details of the invasion and covers a June 6, 2004 60th Anniversary Ceremony at the Barbados Legion.
A wonderfully written piece about blacks at war – having to fight those who tried to prevent them from doing their part as well as the Nazis and Japanese. A must read.
“I was supposed to go to the Pacific front but then the Canadian commander called me to his office and said, “Sorry, Rowe, it’s not our fault. The Canadian troops in the Pacific are under the indirect command of the American forces and they don’t want blacks…”
Barbados Warrior – Flying Officer Owen Rowe, Royal Canadian Air Force
Listen to a Recording of Owen Rowe telling his story here.
Errol Barrow – Royal Air Force Flying Officer, First Prime Minister of Barbados
Errol Barrow was our first Prime Minister – but before that he flew 45 operational bombing sorties over Europe – mostly at night – during a time when RAF Bombing Command was taking 5% losses per mission. Ten missions, and half your friends were gone. Flying crew life expectancy was a matter of months.
Think about that.
Errol Barrow Wikipedia entry here.
Walter Tull – Early Black Pro Footballer & Great War Hero, Fell March 25, 1918 France.
I came across Walter Tull’s story on the internet and learned that his father was Bajan. OK, a Great War hero (not WWII), but once again, a must read. Website here.