Daily Archives: March 11, 2012

Coastal Dawn: New book features Bajan RAF ace Aubrey Richard de Lisle Inniss

‘Coastal Dawn’ also includes Battle of Britain Jamaican Pilot Officer Herbert Capstick

by Andy Bird, author ‘Coastal Dawn’

Dear Barbados Free Press,

Pilot Officer Aubrey ‘Sinbad’ Inniss – of No 236 Squadron in 1940 will feature in a forthcoming book entitled “Coastal Dawn” to be published this July 2012, by Grub Street Publishing, London.

“Coastal Dawn” will also feature the only Jamaican to take part in the Battle of Britain, Pilot Officer Herbert Capstick also flying with No 236 Squadron.

From Amazon.com booksite

In 1940, the defence of Great Britain rested with a handful of volunteer aircrew, Churchill’s ‘few’. Overshadowed in later folklore by the more famous Spitfire and Hurricane pilots, there were other pilots, observers and air gunners – just as courageous – flying the Bristol Blenheim MKIV-F. The future of the country and arguably that of the free world depended also on their skill, morale and sacrifice. Remarkably little has been chronicled of these men and their aircraft – the ‘Trade Protection’ squadrons formed by Hugh Dowding – allotted to 11 Group in October 1939. The aircraft’s range and endurance made it suitable for defence of coastal shipping against attack on the southern and eastern shores of Britain, and for operations further afield. Indeed during bitter fighting casualties among Numbers 235, 236, 248 and 254 Squadron Blenheims were high on operations over Norway, Holland, France, Dunkirk and then the Battle of Britain where the Blenheims were completely outclassed by Messerschmitt 109 and 110 fighters and fell easy victims, scythed from the sky. But the record of the aircraft and their crew was an immensely proud one. Drawing on contemporary diaries, periodicals, letters, logbooks, memoirs and interviews with survivors, lauded historian Andy Bird reassesses the vital role they played and repositions it in history. In doing so, he justifiably embraces the heroes we have left behind.

About the Author,  Andrew D. Bird

Born in Berkshire, England in 1962 , like many of his friends, Andrew had only one ambition during his school years, and that was to fly fast jets with the Air Force. At the age of 13 he was enrolled into the Air Cadets during which time he became friends with MRAF Sir Arthur ‘Bert’ Harris C-in-C RAF Bomber Command 1942-1945, leaving the Air Cadets in 1980. Andrew then served with the TAVR before joining the RAF Regiment. Andrew is an aviation artist as well, exhibiting his work at the Guild of Aviation Exhibition, London, his work has been shown in galleries in London, the Home Counties, and Toronto, Canada.

His first book ‘A Separate Little War’ reached the number three position in The Top Ten Best Sellers List in 2003 (Glasgow Herald & Daily Mail Weekend Magazine) it was reprinted twice in hardback. The author up-dated ‘A Separate Little War’ for the paperback edition 2008.

Further Reading

BFP: Battle of Britain 70th anniversary – Remembering Bajan RAF ace Aubrey Richard de Lisle Inniss

Blenheim Mk IV photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart refuses to read CLICO auditor’s report damning friend Leroy Parris

Is this conduct worthy of the Prime Minister of Barbados?

Barbados PM Stuart is in the papers saying that he won’t comment on the CLICO auditor’s report because he hasn’t read it. That sounds fair enough until you realize that the auditor’s report has been available since February 19, 2012: three weeks ago.

That means that Prime Minister Stuart is refusing to read the report or he’s read it but won’t admit to it.

Simply put – we don’t believe the Prime Minister hasn’t read the report by now. If he hasn’t read it by now, that is strategic neglect on his part.

Is this the leader of modern day Barbados? Does he really think he can make this go away by ignoring it?

“We know now that on May 15, 2005 while acting as CLICO’s lawyer, David Thompson signed a secret contract between CLICO and Leroy Parris’ private company that in effect deceived shareholders into believing that Parris was being paid less than he really was.”

…from the BFP article Leroy Parris’ defence of Prime Minister David Thompson rings hollow now

Former Prime Minister David Thompson covered-up for his friend Leroy Parris until he died. And that cover-up was not all friendship and loyalty: Thompson and his law firm represented CLICO and Parris during some of the worst abuses and most likely share great responsibility for the crimes. The auditors say that the Thompson law firm was involved in money-laundering for Parris and that David Thompson himself received unexplained CLICO funds. (CLICO Scandal: Leroy Parris charged criminally, Former PM David Thompson law firm money-laundered millions from CLICO to Parris)

Prime Minister Stuart is on record saying that Parris is his friend and a former law client. Stuart’s recent cowardly refusal to read and comment on the CLICO auditor’s report is unworthy of the Prime Minister of Barbados.

Further Reading

Nation News:

PM mum on CLICO

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