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UK newspaper publishes obituary to Bermudian WWII airman

The obituary of a black Bermudian who served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War has been published in a national UK newspaper.

Last week

The Royal Gazette reported the death of Leading Aircraftsman Philip Lamb, who died in hospital last Thursday at the age of 90. And now the London-based Independent newspaper has picked up the story.

Under the headline ‘‘Uncle Hunky’, last surviving black Bermudian to fight with the RAF in WWII, dies at age of 90’, reporter Kim Sengupta outlined Mr Lamb’s military career starting with his arrival in war-torn England in 1943.

“A number of men and women from the Caribbean were among volunteers from across the British Empire who came to the UK, as well as thousands who joined up abroad,” the journalist wrote.

“There was a feeling afterwards that their contributions and sacrifices were subsequently airbrushed out of popular histories, although attempts have been made to rectify this in recent years.”

The article went on: “Leading Aircraftsman Lamb, a member of ground crew, came close to death himself when his airfield was bombed. ‘It was one of the last raids we had in England, I happened to be in a camouflaged building and the Germans were using dive-bombers. They never touched the target they wanted to hit, but we were near the exits and that's when I got myself hurt.’

“He ended up in hospital with a German prisoner-of-war next to him. ‘I couldn't speak German, he was speaking a little broken English. I was a little intimidated but neither of us could move.’”

The article quoted former Bermuda Regiment Commander Lt Col Eddie Lamb, and also Bermuda Historical Society's Andrew Bermingham, who described Mr Lamb as coming from “the greatest generation”.

To see the article in full, click on: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/uncle-hunky-last-surviving-black-bermudian-to-fight-with-the-raf-in-wwii-dies-at-age-of-90-8609932.html

War vet Philip Lamb.

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Published May 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 09, 2013 at 11:08 pm)

UK newspaper publishes obituary to Bermudian WWII airman

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