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The WW2 airman from Sierra Leone: Johnny Smythe was one of very few West Africans to fly with Britain's airforce during WW2

The WW2 airman from Sierra Leone: Johnny Smythe was one of very few West Africans to fly with Britain's airforce during WW2

FromWitness History


The WW2 airman from Sierra Leone: Johnny Smythe was one of very few West Africans to fly with Britain's airforce during WW2

FromWitness History

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Length:
10 minutes
Released:
Feb 25, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

Johnny Smythe was one of very few West Africans to fly with Britain's air force during WW2. Recruited in Sierra Leone in 1941 he was trained as a navigator and flew 26 missions on RAF bombers before being shot down over Germany and taken prisoner in 1943. His son Eddy Smythe spoke to Tim Stokes about his father’s story.

Photo: Johnny Smythe in his RAF uniform. Copyright: Eddy Smythe.
Released:
Feb 25, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode