More ideas from suus

Happy Birthday Quotes, Happy Birthday Wishes, Birthday Cards, Happy Birthday Girl Funny, Birthday Parties, Happy Birthdays, Girl Power, Celebrations

Ervin Olaf

Waiting: Selections from Erwin Olaf: Volume I & II features a selection of recent and previously unseen work by Erwin Olaf in his highly stylised aesthetic. Image by Erwin Olaf, courtesy of the artist and Hasted Kraeutler gallery New York

Flight Officer Johnny Smythe, from Sierra Leone, enlisted in the RAF in 1939.  He was one of four out of a class of 90, to complete the tough training to be a Navigator. On his 28th bomber mission, in November 1943, he was wounded, shot down, and captured by Germans who could not believe they were looking at a Black officer. In Stalag Luft One, Smythe worked on the escape committee, but couldn’t break out himself: "I don’t think a six-foot-five black man would’ve got very far in Pomerania."

This here ladies and gentlemen is Flight Officer Johnny Smythe. He is one fine man! On his bomber mission, in November he was wounded, shot down, and captured by Germans who could not.