with Windrush in 1948.
And it's generally presented as the first wave
or the first major wave of West Indian immigration
landing on the shores of Great Britain
invited by the government to come and
fill empty roles left by casualties of war.
What is often missed out from that story is the fact that
almost 1/3rd of the men aboard the Windrush
were Royal Air Force personnel
either returning to duty or joining the Air Force
for the first time having been recruited overseas.
And they came not to take jobs away from other people
but because they're skills were recognized
and because they were actively being recruited
by the Air Force who still three years after the war
recognizes the value of these people.