Barbados Post World War II

Barbados after Word War II (post 1945 to present).

P/O Andrew Cole in Lockheed Hudson cockpit

The Beautiful Blonde in the Bank – F/L Andrew Leslie Cole AFC RAF

Errol Barrow was Andrew Cole’s navigator while he was in the RAF, firstly with 88 Squadron during World War II and for two years post-war they both flew with the BAFO Communications Squadron, assigned to Commander-in-Chief and Military Governor of the British Occupation Zone in Germany, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir William Sholto …

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Firing of HARP - 17th June 1963

Observation Mission – Firing HARP:
Monday 17th June 1963

The McGill University High Altitude Research Project (HARP) space gun project commenced in Barbados in 1962 under the direction of Canadian ballistics scientist Dr. Gerald Bull in his quest to economically launch a satellite into space using a huge artillery piece. The project was abruptly abandoned in 1967.  It’s unlikely we will ever know the …

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Monday 17th June 1963
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CNS Lady boats poster

The Canadian Lady Boats

Between 1928 and 1952 The Canadian National Steamship Company Lady Boats operated two routes from Canada to the West Indies the: eastern-route route: where steamships, Lady Nelson, Lady Hawkins and Lady Drake, provided a year-round service every two weeks from Halifax to Bermuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent, Grenada, …

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Col. Reginald Michelin, Commissioner of Police, Barbados, 1949 to 1953

It was always hot – Memoirs of Col. Reginald T. Michelin, Commissioner of Barbados Police 1949-1953 post Col. Oriel St.A. Duke

Reginald Townend Michelin (1903-1998), CMG (1957), CVO (1953), OBE (1952) took the post of Sub-Inspector, Police, Jamaica, 1924 and Inspector, Police, Leeward Islands, 1928. He was made Assistant Commissioner of Police, Nigeria, 1930, and Commissioner of Police, Barbados, 1949 and Jamaica, 1953, retiring in 1958 from the Colonial Police. In 1940 he married Nina Gladys …

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Bovell & Skeete letter head 1964

Memories of Bovell & Skeete 1960 to 1973

Memories of Bovell & Skeete 1960 to 1973 was written by our guest contributor John Fraser with help from Doug Newsam.  It is an attempt to capture the history, people and life of Bovell & Skeete in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  It is naturally subjective from their personal experiences.  We hope that others …

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SGT Errol Barrow RAF Navigator, 31 OTU RAF Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada – 7 April 1944

F/O Errol Barrow RAF Navigator World War II & Prime Minister of Barbados

Errol Barrow led Barbados to Independence on 30th November 1966 and served as Barbados’ first and fourth Prime Minister.  This is the story of Errol Walton Barrow (21st January 1920 – 1st June 1987) and his time as a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) from 1940 to 1947. Very little is written about Errol …

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Blackwood Screw Dock - 1910 to 1939

Barbados Blackwood Screwdock (dry dock)

Our guest contributor is Keith Mackie, a South African Consulting Coastal & Harbour Engineer who specialises in Dry Docks and the Dry Docking of ships.  In December 2009 he was brought to Barbados by Caribbean Lifestyles Ltd. to survey the Blackwood screwdock and assess its potential for conservation and restoration.  Sitting in the Blackwood dock …

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Cubaba de Aviation Britannia 318 CU-T671

Operation Carlota – Cuba’s secret flights to Angola via Barbados

In 1975 Angola gained independence from Portugal.  In the period from 1961 to 1974 a War for Independence waged between three factions: the Marxist People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) led by Agostinho Neto, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) led by Jonas Savimbi a former Maoist and the …

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